Court orders stop departure for Aussie citizen Mishra
By TALEBULA KATE
An Australian citizen was yesterday issued with a stop departure order by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday. Anil Chand Mishra appeared before Magistrate Hettiwattage Somaratne charged with two counts of criminal intimidation. Mishra was represented by Suva lawyer, Ashneel Nand while the director of the police prosecutions office in Suva, ASP Mohammed Yunus, appeared for the prosecution. Mr Nand made an application for bail which was strongly objected to by the prosecution stating that Mishra was a flight risk and the offence the accused was charged with was a serious one. Mr Nand told the court that the accused was not a flight risk as he would be surrendering his travel documents to the court until the determination of the case. Bail was granted with strict bail conditions. Magistrate Somaratne released Mishra on a $500 bail bond and he was to surrender his travel documents to the court registry. Mishra was to report to the Nasinu Police Station every Saturdays between 8am – 6pm, not to interfere with prosecution witnesses and not to reoffend whilst on bail. A stop departure order was also issued for the accused not to travel overseas until the case was completed The particulars of the offence were not read out in court as the matter had been adjourned to February 10 for plea to be taken.