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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Feb. 2) – Fiji's Navy Commander Francis Kean appeared in the Magistrates Court in Suva this morning to answer to a murder charge.

The case was called for mention and has been adjourned to February 14.

State prosecutor Wilisoni Kurisaqila told the court they needed more disclosures to be able to proceed with the case.

Kean is charged with the murder of 32-year-old salesman John Whippy on December 31 at the Suva Yacht Club.

He was previously in custody but was released on $5,000 bail, based on surety from two family members.

His bail conditions include surrendering his passport and being banned from overseas travel, reporting to police twice a week, curfew between 9 pm to 7 am, and restriction from visiting military and navy installations.

Kean is alleged to have punched Whippy to death after attending the wedding reception of interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's daughter Ateca.

Whippy was the uncle of the bridegroom, and Kean the uncle of the bride.

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