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Pillay submits PTC checklist in drug case

October 9, 2018 12:25 am

The Defence lawyer in the case of the Australian couple who are alleged to have been involved in the unlawful importation of illicit drugs and ammunition today submitted its pre-trial conference checklist.

Wasu Pillay informed the Lautoka High Court that he has handed the checklist to the Prosecution.

The Prosecution then asked Judge Justice Aruna Aluthge for some time to go through the checklist.

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The case will be called again on the 23rd of this month.

The couple, Yvette and John Nikolic are jointly charged with one count of possession of illicit drugs and one count of failure to declare arms and ammunition to a custom’s officer, while John is additionally charged with one count of unlawful importation of illicit drugs.

The Australian couple were charged after drugs, arms and ammunition were found on their yacht on June 22nd this year in Denaru, Nadi.

It’s alleged that John Nikolic imported 12.9 kilograms of cocaine and the couple had in their possession 34.4 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine tablets with an estimated value of between $20 and $30 million.

It’s also alleged that they failed to declare, they had in their possession one 9 millimetre Smith and Wesson pistol with 62 rounds of ammunition and one revolver with 41 rounds of ammunition.

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