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August 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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The Magistrates Court in Suva  today ordered that the trial of Estonian national Risto Harmat be moved to Monday next week.

Harmat who appeared in court this morning is charged with obstructing the cause of justice.

It is alleged that Harmat took Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara on May 8, 2011 for a fishing trip in Kadavu where Mara was then allegedly picked up by a Tongan navy vessel and fled to Tonga.

The trial started yesterday where the court was presented a list of 10 witnesses on the agreed facts.

First witness Elina Cavalevu, a manager of Nagigia Island Resort in Nabukelevu-i-Ra, told the court yesterday that Harmat is their regular visitor and he goes for fishing trips with his family.

She said on May 8, 2011, she had prior knowledge from her team and surfing instructor that Harmat and Ratu Tevita Mara will check in at 7pm.

 Harmat is represented by lawyer Gavin O’Driscol and Mosese Korovou represents the State.

There are 10 witnesses in the case.

The trial will continues on Monday.

By Ropate Valemei
 

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