Colo-i-Suva villagers bailed, curfews imposed

Members of the mataqali Valebure in Colo-i-Suva Village after their court case at the Valelevu Magistrate Court in Nasinu on Tuesday, May 07, 2019. From left, Jone Gadai, Sakenasa Aca, Taitusi Rokocua, Mosese Vosabeci Jnr, Jope Rakautoga, Mosese Vosabeci, Lemeki Duidomo, Joseva Ravia, Lemeki Duidomo Jnr and Luke Tuimaivei. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

TEN out of the 11 men of the mataqali Valebure of Colo-i-Suva Village who were alleged to have entered illegally into the premises of the Savura Water Dam in Wailoku have been imposed curfews.

Joseva Ravia, Sakenasa Aca, Taitusi Rokocua, Mosese Vosabeci, Taitusi Toduadua, Luke Tumaivei, Jope Rokotuitoga, Jone Gadai, Lemeki Duidomo and Lemeki Duidomo Ravia appeared before Magistrate Charles Ratakele at the Nasinu Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 10 are charged with criminal trespass.

The 11th accused did not appear because he is admitted at the hospital.

The 11 are alleged to have entered illegally into the premises of Savura Water Dam last Saturday.

The group had allegedly threatened to shut down water supply at the dam to show their grievances over a compensation that had not been paid out to the landowning unit since the 1960s.

Police prosecutor Suliano Saunitoga did not object to bail for all accused persons, but requested that they stay 200m away from State infrastructure where the alleged incident took place.

The 10 were released on strict bail conditions, including a curfew between midnight and 3am.

They were also requested to each get a surety who was working and ordered not to reoffend while on bail or interfere with prosecution witnesses.

The matter has been adjourned to June 18.

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