EXPLOSIVES AND AMMUNITION FOUND IN FIJI CANDIDATE’S HOME

By Shobna Prasad

SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 17, 1999 – Fiji Times)---Police yesterday recovered explosives and ammunition from the home of a candidate in this year's elections.

Joji Bakoso, whose case is pending for being in possession of a firearm, was not at home when the find was made.

Bailiffs found the explosives as they repossessed the house on Laucala Bay Road after a High Court order related to the debts he owed to the Asset Management Bank.

Mr. Bakoso arrived later in the morning after the explosives had been discovered.

Recovered were four homemade chargers, 130 rounds of 0.22 ammunition and other material used to make homemade explosives.

These were found hidden in the ceiling of the Laucala Bay Road house when Sheriff Ibrahim Khan went to execute a High Court distress order.

"This man had been given a warning to vacate since Monday,'' Mr. Khan said.

"He did not comply so we came along.

"Our job has to be done very thoroughly and when my boys went to look if anything was stored in the space between the ceiling and the roof they found the explosives.

"This included homemade explosives and about half a plastic bag full of bullets.''

He called police immediately after the find.

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