22 Jun 2017

Drug retrial in Fiji finds Colombian guilty

8:27 am on 22 June 2017

A Colombian man has been found guilty of smuggling 20 kilograms of cocaine into Fiji at the end of a retrial.

Aiden Alec Hurtado was arrested in 2015 for importing the drugs into the country.

But he was acquitted later that year, a decision the public prosecutor decided to appeal against.

At the end of a retrial at the Suva High Court on Wednesday, Justice Thushara Rajasinghe overturned the acquittal.

Hurtado will be sentenced next Tuesday.