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Singapore Couple's Bail Appeal Dismissed

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Wellington, Oct 23 NZPA - A Singaporean couple's bid for release on bail six weeks after their arrest on credit card fraud charges has been rejected by the High Court.

Justice Christine French heard Suliaman Bin Haron, 50, and his 49-year-old wife, Saerah Binte Men's appeal today, after their bail bid had been refused by a Christchurch District Court judge, Christchurch Court News reported today.

The crown opposed their release.

The police have said they were not sure they knew the couple's correct identity and it was understood inquiries had been made with police in Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia to identify them.

Haron and Men each face 31 joint charges alleging credit card fraud in Auckland and Queenstown. They were arrested and made their first court appearances in Christchurch on September 11.

After hearing submissions from Christopher Persson for the couple, and Kathy Bell for the crown, Justice French ruled that the district court judge had been entitled to refuse bail, on the information before him.

"There are no grounds to overturn the decision. The appeal is dismissed," she said.

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