The application from a foreign businessman accused of stealing from a local A.T.M to leave the country has been denied.
The decision was handed down yesterday by District Court Judge, Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma.
The prosecutor is Vaisala Afoa of the Attorney General’s office.
Thirty-three year- old Catalin Razvan Veverita of Romania is charged with 30 criminal charges.
Veverita was arrested by the Police on June this year for allegedly scheming money from one of the local banks.
The itemizations of the charges are:
10 counts of theft; 10 counts of accessing with electronic system without authority, and 10 counts of electronic system for dishonest purpose, said Judge Fepuleai.
“So in total you face 30 charges and in the record it shows that you deny all the charges and the matter has been set for hearing on the 15th November, 2017.
“The following bail conditions; first is that you surrender all travel documents and secondly, you are to report to the Apia Police station every Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“In this list I have to consider your application and variation in bail conditions so that you are able to travel overseas.
“In other words you seek leave from the court jurisdiction specifically to travel to Vanuatu for the main reason as written in your application and in your supporting affidavit is that you have business interest in Vanuatu and that you wish to sort out.
“It includes settlement of arrears.
“Your application is oppose by prosecution on the main grounds are that you face serious charges, you are not a Samoan citizen and the flight risk is very high,” said the District Court Judge.
Judge Fepulea’i pointed out to the defendant the application was thoroughly reviewed.
“I decided the factors argued on the grounds of variation for leave are far outweighed by those interests.
“I have accordingly reached the following decision; one your application for variation on bail condition specifically a leave for you to leave the jurisdiction is denied.
“Secondly, a previously assigned hearing date for all the charges is being the 15th November, 2017 remains.”