The National, Tuesday 28th August, 2012
THE Waigani district court last Friday cut K20,000 off the police bail imposed on a Singaporean charged with several offences relating to breaches of the National Fisheries Act involving the illegal export of marine products.
Chian Huan Choon, denies charges of dealing in and storing sea cucumbers and shark fins at his Badili area home without having a licence.He was reported to have also provided false information to National Fisheries officers.
His lawyer, Anthony Waira, successfully applied to the court to review his client’s initial bail of K25,000.
He submitted that the amount was excessive and not in accordance with the law.
Waira said when his client was arrested on July 31, National Fisheries officers took him to their office.
There, they interviewed and charged him and that was illegal.
“People must understand that police are the only ones to conduct interviews or charge people – and not any other group of people,” he said.
“When charged, an accused can only be taken to a rural lock-up, police station or the court to be interviewed,” Waira said.“If you go somewhere (else), it’s outside of the process of law.”
He will be making a no case submission after police files were prepared.
Chian will now be out a on bail of K5,000 for all five offences.
The state will reimburse him K20,000.