High Court orders Kim, senior members to pay

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Grace Road president Daniel Kim is escorted by police officers at the Lautoka High Court. Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FT FILE

The High Court in Lautoka has ordered the six South Korean nationals who filed a judicial review last Friday to pay $1500 to the State.

The senior Grace Road members, including president Jung Daniel Kim, were ordered to pay the Attorney-General’s office and the Minister for Home Affairs, whose decision was being challenged through the application.

In court, Solicitor-General Ropate Green Lomavatu had argued that the application made by the defence, challenging the decision made by the Minister for Home Affairs in accordance with the Immigration Act on August 31 had to be amended.

Mr Lomavatu said the defence should also pay for costs that his clients had incurred while responding to the application made by the defence team, led by Kings Counsel Simon Ower.

In response, Justice Anare Tuilevuka agreed that an amended application needed to be made. Justice Tuilevuka also ordered the defence to pay $1500 in court costs to the Attorney-General’s office and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

In addition, Justice Tuilevuka also questioned if the case was related to another matter in which Mr Kim had made an application for a Habeas Corpus Ad-Subjiciendum, which challenged the legality of his detainment by Immigration officials.

The case has been adjourned to September 28.

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