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PTC matters discussed in Nadi drug case

September 25, 2018 1:01 am

The two Australian nationals who are alleged to have been involved in the unlawful importation of illicit drugs and ammunition on their Yacht Serendipity in Denarau, appeared at the Lautoka High Court today.

Defence lawyer Wasu Pillay raised concerns about the pre-trial conference checklist which has not being provided.

However, the Prosecution states that they are ready with the checklist which was served to the defence.

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Pillay also asked the court if he could be given time with his clients to discuss the PTC checklist and a seizure notice that was provided by the Fiji Revenue Customs Service in relation to the yacht owned by the couple.

Lautoka High Court Judge Justice Sunil Sharma allowed for Pillay to meet John and Yvette Nikolic for two hours to go over the details.

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

It is 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 to $30 million.

It’s also alleged that they failed to declare, that 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.

The case will be called again on the 9th of next month.

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