|Charge dismissed earlier this year.|
Forty two year old Ben Padarath is back in custody after being found hiding inside an overseas vessel allegedly trying to stow away.
|In wheelchair: pic Bula Tribune|
He was found wearing a Ports Authority uniform at Queens Wharf in Luatoka and Coupfourpointfive sources say he is currently in custody as investigations continue.
Padarath had escaped the clutches of the illegal regime in April after charges against him relating to concealing false government documents were dismissed by Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili in April.
The lucky break came after the DPP dropped the ball. His team was supposed to proceed with its case that day but asked again for the trial to be moved to a new date, which was denied by Ratuvili.
The trial date had already been moved from last year. The regime also failed to get Padarath called as a state witness in other related matters so the charge against him was dismissed and withdrawn under the criminal procedure decree section 166.
Coupfourpointfive last year broke the story about Padarath being caught up in an alleged failed plot to overthrow Frank Bainimarama after papers were found at his Suva home.
Padarath was also caught up in a deal involving Suva lawyer Renee Lal and an African migrant, Paul Freeman and was accused of trying to get Freeman put on the Immigration Watch List after a fall out.
Coupfourpointfive revealed that both Padarath and Lal were beaten by regime soldiers and that Padarath was assaulted so badly, he was forced to use a wheelchair.
Editor's Note at 2pm: FBC is now reporting that a bench warrant was issued for Ben Padarath yesterday after he failed to turn up at a court hearing. It says Padarath's lawyer, Mere Vasiti, told the court Padarath could not make it as his father was having some medical problems. Magistrate Thushara Rajasinghe refused to accept the explanation and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.