Four men facing money laundering charges

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DAILY OBSERVER: Four men have been caught up in alleged money laundering which has landed them in the hands of the court.

Edward Hadeed of Blue Waters, Cosbert Sergeant of Weatherills, Jamal Kane of Cedar Valley, and Arleigh Byer of Liberta are accused of conspiring to commit money laundering “by concealing money, knowing or having reasonable grounds to suspect that the money was derived directly or indirectly from some form of unlawful activity” sometime between August 10 2007 and July 25 2017.

The charges appear to be related to the sale of land in Galley Bay valued at almost $536,000.

It is alleged that on July 25 2017, Byer “facilitated” Kane through another individual to transfer a piece of land “while having reasonable grounds to suspect that the land was derived directly or indirectly from some form of unlawful activity”.

Kane is then said to have engaged in money laundering on the same day by disposing of the land despite knowing it was illegally obtained.

Hadeed and Sergeant appeared in court on Monday but the other men were said to be overseas.

One of the lawyers in the matter, Wendel Robinson, strenuously opposed the charges saying that they are too vague and that one in particular is statute-barred.

He argued that the offence with which the defendants are jointly charged is statute-barred because the six-year period in which the police is allowed to bring charges passed on July 24 2023.

Robinson said the case “will never get off the ground” because he intends to take the matter all the way to the Privy Council if necessary.

Attorney Michael Archibald shared similar sentiments.

The lawyers were asked by Magistrate Conliffe Clarke to file written submissions and return to court on October 16 for a decision.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. How is he acting chief magistrate when he is acting over intellectual property for mrs Camacho? These are the type of ignorance the AG wants to happen.. your big dogs to be doing as they please. That’s why you trying to get the rid of Chief Magistrate Walsh. But your plans will backfire. Ya’ll too corrupt.. but the little men with just 37 grams and petty charges cannot get station bail

    • I believe that Wason is acting Chief Magistrate and Clarke is acting Chief Registrar at Intellectual Property. The problem is that Clarke didn’t question the bail instruction from Wason. They better charge and convict them.

      • Get U fax right. Wason a act 2 jab. How dat possible ? Clark left Intellectual Property years. @songist is rite. So much corruption dey, dem na no who 4 put way. Camancho need fa get going also. She only ha jab cause she people close with AG

  2. One can’t help but noticing how some people are treated differently when they run afoul of the law. It’s like we have two sets of laws. One for the poor and downtrodden and the next for the rich and elites. And regrettably people have lost confidence in the system concluding that trying to prosecure the high and mighty among as will get no where. It’s just how the system works. It favours some.

    • Does that surprise you? After all it’s coming from “REAL” News. No TRAINED JOURNALISTS. Just a gossip barking dog social media attention starved former Crack addict hobby.

  3. BAIL INSTRUCTIONS TO POLICE? …WRONG LIKE HELL: …AVOID DISREPUTE: …AVOID DISGRACE: …ILLEGAL AS WELL: …POLICE SQUEALS?:

    Well, not holding any argument over the ‘…Right To Bail,’ in Cases where ‘Bail’ might be granted.

    NO GROUSE:

    Glad for the two ‘Businessmen’ in securing their ‘…LIBERTY’ and at the same time ‘…Freedom of Movement.’ Both are my friends.

    STILL: FOR ENLIGHTENMENT/KNOWLEDGE ONLY:

    Writing ‘…AUTHORITATIVELY,’ the ‘…Bail Instructions’ were:

    (i) …Wrong Like Hell: and

    (ii) …Illegal As Well.’

    WHY?:

    ‘…Likened to others, the Commissioner of Police, ‘…Atlee Rodney QPM,’ is ‘NOT’ subordinate to ‘ANY’ Magistrate.’

    THUS:

    (a) ‘…Shall take no ‘…Bail Instructions’ from ‘ANY’ Magistrate:’

    WHO:

    (b) …Has no ‘…Command and Control’ of the Police Service:

    (c) …For arrests not made by members of the Police Service:

    (d) …For persons ‘Not’ in Police custody:

    (e) …Charges not prepared and laid by his Subordinates:

    (f) …Complaints not written in the name of ‘…Commissioner of Police: and

    (g) …Not filed before the ‘…Magistrate’s Court.’

    QUESTION:

    ‘…Is there not enough ‘TROUBLING’ the ‘…Magistracy and Judiciary?:

    BY THE WAY:…WHY IS IT THAT:

    (i) ‘…Magistrate Dexter Wason’ reportedly gave ‘Bail Instructions to the Police: and

    (ii) …Magistrate Craig Christopher’ ‘CONFIRMING’ Police Station Bail?’ [Paragraph 2].

    ‘…AVOID DISRUPUTE: …AVOID DISGRACE.’

    AVOID PUBLIC RIDICULE: …PROTECT MAGISTERIAL INTEGRITY:…DON’T BE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOLS: …DONT BE BLOCKHEADED MULES.’

    GO:

    (a) ‘…To the Magistrate’s Court:
    (b) …Sit in Chambers/on the Bench:
    (c) …Those desirous of Bail:
    (d) …Shall appear:

    DISCRETION:
    May exercise ‘…Magisterial Discretion.’

    • Good points Mr. Pompey.

      Stevie Wonder can see what is going on but God Almighty is still on his Throne.

      • Gad nar sleep tarl. All who mistreat dem mommy even up to de time she on death bed. Tried to render her mentally unstable and senile fu tek over mommy affairs. Not even wan pack a pampers. No offspring to give mammy a grand baby fu comfort she. Worse than how Sean treat brother Roy. Shame, shame shame. Gad cuss

    • #Kaiso_Time…

      🎹🎹🎹🎹🎼🎶🎶

      …now, according to Mr. Pompey!
      Pompey! Pompey!
      …a sleuth, and former C.O.P.
      …there’s trouble brewing, in the Judiciary
      …and, it’s not only he,
      …but, also most of the Country
      …East, west, north and south
      …they’re talking about!
      …the police, and its integrity!

      Ah who dem be? Antiguans
      Ah who dem be? Vincentians?
      Ah who dem be? Kitticians?
      Ah who dem be? Americans?
      No! Know! No! It’s some Crooked businessmen!

      …allegedly, they’re from a well known family
      …and happens, to be friends of Pompey!
      Pompey! Pompey!
      …but, what about, the current C.O.P.
      …is he into this thing, called ‘fren_n_company!
      …such, is not a part of, his crime fighting policy
      …therefore, he don’t give a damn! Potworks!
      …as, to who dem be, or who fah picknee!
      …then, is this a part, of your new crime fighting plan?

      Ah who dem be? Serians?
      Ah who dem be? Trinidadians?
      Ah who dem be? Canadians?
      Ah who dem be? Jamaicans?
      Yes! Yes! Yes! One thing I know!
      This ain’t the #Pappy_Show
      Regarding! Gaston & the Russians!

      Ras Smood aka Jumbee_Picknee
      De ‘ole Dutty Peg🦶🏿Garrat_Bastard

      Vere C. Edwards

    • Excellent analysis Mr. Pompey. We can always depend on you to bring some direction and sensibility to the conversation.

    • A system that cuddle and, condone the business elites at the expense of the downtrodden strivers; cannot be a just system under Man of God. I used to think that the mighty and the meek were but the same: But that comparison seem only pertains to bodily functions. Just imagine how many time that bucket had gone to the well, to amass the wealth that cushion their fall. Yes! The scale of justice in this jurisdiction “is” woefully unbalanced and, is taylor to benefit the few with obvious monetary means. Not good: not good at all. I am at lost and, ashame of the staid mediocre colonial judiciary system of my native homeland, and pity the buffoons in charge: What! But we like it so?! Lawd, eh, eh! A what mek e be so: for me to sight or, cry for my beloved country.

      • A system that cuddle and, condone the business elites at the expense of the downtrodden strivers; cannot be a just system under Man of God. I used to think that the mighty and the meek were but the same: But that comparison seem only pertains to bodily functions. Just imagine how many time that bucket had gone to the well, to amass the wealth that cushion their fall. Yes! The scale of justice in this jurisdiction “is” woefully unbalanced and, is taylor to benefit the few with obvious monetary means. Not good: not good at all. I am at lost and, ashame of the staid mediocre colonial judiciary system of my native homeland, and pity the buffoons in charge: What! But we like it so?! Lawd, eh, eh! A what mek e be so: for me to sight or, cry for my beloved country.. I, Wynham Greenaway, proffered the veracity of this content, without fear or favor: and without malice or capacious intent. My Country is first and foremost; to live or die for.

    • FAKE NEWS?: …NO DEEP WATER STING OPERATION: …NO DRUG BUST

      It is not about ‘…Get catch finally.’

      Not sure why would any news portal run with ‘…FAKE NEWS.’

      (a) ‘…Some incident reportedly occurred ‘…Sometime in 2017 ‘ (Privilege Information):

      (b) …A Hybrid offence (Triable by Magistrate or Judge):

      (c) …Six Months and Six Years ‘…STATUTE BAR:

      NOTE:
      Summary Trial- 6 Months:

      Indictable (Judge/Jury) …6 Years:’

      TIME IS TIGHT: Either

      (a) …Running out: or

      (b) …Ran out.’

      SO:

      Got to get the ‘…Complaint Filed’ before the Magistrate Court ‘…IN TIME.’

      SHOULD ‘…TIME RAN OUT: …HELL WORK.’

  4. Long live the PRIVY COUNCIL…unfortunately! To those who argue for the CCJ , go suck on an egg. Let’s fix the local Courts before we try bigger things. The justice system in Antigua and much of the Caribbean is corrupt from top to bottom and is on display for the world to see….SHAME SHAME SHAME !!

  5. This stinks of police snd judicial corruption! When is it ever going to stop in our country? Shame, shame, shame.

  6. Does anyone see this case being dismissed for want of prosecution? The way the script goes, the case will be delayed several times (a la Ray John) then the Magistrate/Judge will give the prosecution one last chance to ready the case by a certain date or it will be thrown out. When the appointed date arrives the prosecution will ask for another adjournment and the case will be dismissed. That’s the way the system works for the privileged few

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