Application to Travel Denied by High Court

Media Team   |   26 Sep 2018

The Chinese national charged with a corruption offence had his Bail Variation application dismissed at the Suva High Court this afternoon.

Mr. Qian Jun Shi had applied to seek the court’s permission to temporarily lift the Stop Departure order placed on him to allow him to travel to China to get married and register his newborn child.

FICAC State Counsel Ms. Laite Bokini objected to this stating that he was a flight risk and there was no strong reason for him to return to Fiji if the application to travel was allowed.

He was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) last October with one (1) count of “Bribery” alongside another Chinese national for allegedly offering a bribe to employees of the Land Transport Authority.

In delivering the ruling, High Court Judge Justice Mr. Thushara Rajasinghe stated that he did not find any special facts or circumstances to justify the review of this application.

Mr. Shi had his initial Bail Variation application denied by Resident Magistrate Ms Sufia Hamza in the Nasinu Magistrates Court in July this year and so applied to the High Court under the Bail Act to have the July ruling reviewed.

Thirty (30) days was given to Appeal.