Fiji: Sentencing for 2 involved in $23 million cocaine bust in Vuda

Australian national, Joseph Abourizk and former taxi driver, Josese Muriwaqa who were arrested and charged in Lautoka in July 2015 for being found in possession of approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine, will be sentenced by the Lautoka High Court today.

Both were found guilty and convicted in June this year.

Acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo had ordered the re-trial in the drug case earlier this year.

Abourizk and Muriwaqa were found in possession of 50 kilograms of cocaine worth $23 million in Vuda in July 2015.

Their 2016 conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court in April last year.

The DPP’s Office had appealed the case.

Justice Aluthge will sentence the two men today.

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