Committal date set for bus case involving 3 former UPP Ministers

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Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh has set a date in January for a committal hearing in the criminal case involving UPP Party Leader, Harold Lovell and Former Ministers, Dr. Jacqui Quinn and Wilmoth Daniel.

 

The defendants are facing charges of Embezzlement, Corruption and Fraudulent Conversion.

 

The case was initiated following an investigation into three buses donated to the former UPP administration at a total value of about $600,000.

 

Investigators alleged the accused had the buses registered in their names and kept them for their personal use while they were in public office in 2008.

 

At a hearing in the St. John’s Magistrates Court today, Defence attorneys were instructed to submit their arguments in the case on or before December 19, 2019.

 

The prosecution must then file their reply by January 16, 2020 and the case will be heard January 29, 2020.

 

This is a second round of committal proceedings for this case since Magistrate Conliffe Clark had dismissed the matter during committal proceedings back in March 2017.

 

However, during a hearing in June this year, the Court of Appeal remitted the case to the Magistrates Court for a new committal hearing after agreeing with arguments put forward by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Anthony Armstrong.

 

The DPP’s main argument was that Magistrate Clark used the wrong legal test in determining if the charges could be committed to the High Court for trial.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. LOVELL
    WHEN IN GLASS HOUSE DO NOT THROW STONES . LOVELL YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT CORRUPTION. I WONDER WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ABOUT THESE ALLEGED CHARGES. PLEASE STOP MENTIONING THE WORD BECAUSE YOU AND THE UPP ARE THE MOST CORRUPT GOVERNMENT EVER.

    • yup. what a STUPID idea to keep for your personal use, gifts that belong to the people of Antigua and Barbuda. REAL STUPID indeed!!!

      • Real Stupid. And that for one to be a lawyer and another has a Phd and the other, well he can be excused. He not so bright

  2. Waste of time….Were they making monies from the registration in their names (maybe bad judgement). There are MORE serious crimes committed by politicians and cronies while holding authoritative offices than just a little (big) bus registered in their name and is used for their constituencies.

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