Human trafficking suspect granted bail variation

Seta Sanjana Ram (centre) after appearing in court. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

A WOMAN who allegedly facilitated the trafficking of 17 Fiji citizens was today granted a bail variation by the High Court in Suva.

Seta Sanjana Ram had her curfew time extended by Justice Daniel Goundar.

Ms Ram is charged alongside her sister Geeta Anjana Chandar who is still in overseas with 17 counts of trafficking in persons, 16 counts of obtaining property by deception and two counts of money laundering.

The two are alleged to have facilitated the travel of 17 Fijian citizens who were exploited and became victims of human trafficking in New Zealand between April and September, 2014 and obtained a total of $52,142 from the 17 complainants by deception.

For the money laundering charges, it is alleged that Geeta Anjana Chandar between September, 2017 and March, 2017 disposed of $79,991.40 into a Bank of the South Pacific account and between February and May, 2014 Seta Sanjana Ram allegedly disposed of $2,525 into two Australia and New Zealand bank accounts that were the proceeds of crime.

State lawyer Meli Vosawale informed the court that he will be making an application for extradition for Ms Chandar to try and get her to Fiji from Australia.

The case has been adjourned to March 1, 2019.

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