Police refile charges against 3 former UPP Ministers

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The police officially refiled criminal charges against three former United Progressive Party (UPP) Ministers.

 

According to media reports, UPP Party Leader, Harold Lovell and Former Ministers, Dr. Jacqui Quinn and Wilmoth Daniel were recently charged with 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.

 

Magistrate Conliffe Clark dismissed the case during committal proceedings 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.

 

The case is now set for November 4.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. Please stop the madness……Were these politicians enriched from buses other than the people of the constituency having access to it? There are more important thing to go after politicians as in those that HAS and ARE enriching themselves from government agencies. Agree with the magistrate throw them to hell out.

    • You forgot that one bus end up being a mobile night club. Who was benefiting from that. And not to mention one that was discovered at pensioners beach with all the UPP paraphernalia still in it. You guys like to make excuses when it suits you. The fact remain they transferred government property into their own private property with out approval

      • I could never understand why these experienced parliamentarians didnt just assign the buses to govt then use them. Putting them in their was unnecessary and they deserve political heat for that. In terms of criminality, we know the buses were used for constituency purposes so not sure how that becomes a crime. Party bus? I would await further evidence on that. Old bus at penshioners with paraphernelia, that is ridiculous even to mention.

        • You cannot deny facts. The pictures were presented to the public. Now you want to wait again on evidence. Give me a break. That evidence has long time being presented. Even on the ABS News.

      • Do you want a task? Investigate all the public assets stolen by the ABLP ministers, their families and friends. Let us know what you find out. This government and you are a bunch of vindictive hypocrites.

        • Oh well Poor you. Who told all the old people demonstrating for their pension that they are a bunch of Rag Tags. Who told constituents to take it in their nennen. Who had installed special investigators from Guyana and Trinidad to lock up Labour Party politicians. In particular Lester Bird and Asot Michael. And now you see what goes around comes around. Never forget that.

          • I have always said that the UPP don’t appear to be very smart. If you intend to steal you should steal big time and use ALP operatives to bury the loot so deep in the nennen that not even the sun can shine on it. The UPP should have then ensure they have people in positions that any charges brought against them never see the light of day.

  2. ABLP just show the UUP how a government should fight to put mininters in jail, you think man calling themself nights dog for nothing

  3. This headline is very misleading and incorrect by journalist standards. If the appeal was denied it should say that, since the police is not formally involved. Police and rifle in a headline makes no sense unless its an incident.

    The appeal verdict seems very political and gives very little grounds/basis for the decision. It seems the verdict is to point out one judges shortcomings, or highlight that the new judge have a personal grievance. Since this is a ten year old case, the statute of limitation is on the side of the defendants. The expense of a new trial could be used for education or infrastructure projects.

    • I misread the headline…note to self: no more responding in bed. My apologies to the writer.

  4. What a waste of taxpayers money.What a waste of the Courts time.Those were old ass buses used in the various Constituencies.They were not used for personal gains by anyone.This is all about Politics.Perhaps the UPP while in Administration should have pursued those persons.Whose voices I heard on the IHI tapes.The voices were speaking about the movement of millions of US dollars.As if it were coming from their own Piggy Banks.On one of such tapes I heard a voice saying.That a Senior person daughter bought a house in Florida valued at US$5 million cash.That voice continued to say “and she no work no way”.That same voice did say”me nar go a jail with you”.And now this buses fiasco.It is nothing more than a darn joke.Laughable,dung.

    • well they didn’t so they deserve what they get. they were too interested in rubbing shoulders with their ALP counterparts. did they really think the ALP would do the same?

    • How can it be waste of tax payers monies when no special investigators were hired and no special Inquiry Commission was setup. It was a simple case of the file of the Director of Audit being hand over to the police for their action or non-action. And as far as I can see the DPP is independent in deciding which cases he deems to be worth prosecuting

  5. It is now official. Antigua & Barbuda is a full-blown dictatorship. The judiciary is confirmed as a vehicle of the Top Dog’s heat-seeking device.

  6. Well at least Lovell is getting publicity albeit the negative kind. The UPP will need an actual leader if they seriously plan to win at the polls next general elections. In the meantime, please help Jamal Pringle with his english, grammar, reasoning, public speaking, subject-verb agreement and conjugation skills.

  7. Foreign criminals are roaming the streets with impunity, and this useless ALP yard fowls wasting money harassing indigenous Antiguans with this nonsense that has already been dismissed! Pathetic!

  8. HAVE MERCY

    TOTALLY IN AGREEMENT WITH YOU . HAROLD LOVELL IS A LOSER. DID YOU HEAR THE CALL IN PROGRAM ON THE SNAKEPIT LAST SATURDAY ? ALMOST ALL THE CALLERS WHO WERE UPP SUPPORTERS WERE CALLING FOR HAROLD LOVELL TO BE ROMOVED AS LEADER. THERE WAS A MAN BY THE NAME OF CHALKIE CALLED IN AND WAS CURSING THE CALLERS. IT SHOWS THAT THE UPP DOES NOT LISTEN TO THEIR SUPPORTERS. THERE IS NO WAY THAT THE UPP CAN WIN ANOTHER ELECTION IN ANTIGUA FOR NEXT 30 YEARS.

    LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE UPP CANDIDATES AND COMPARE THEM TO THE ABLP. I CANNOT SEE WHO IN THE UPP COULD WIN A SEAT. JAMAL PRINGLE WILL DEFINITELY LOSE HIS SEAT. MR. PRINGLE DOES NOT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A POLITICIAN. THERE IS A LADY ON THE SNAKEPIT BY THE NAME OF MRS. POTTER .THIS LADY JUST REPEAT THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND PROMOTE HER EVENT. DAMANI TABOR LIKEWISE. JUST LISTEN TO DAMANI TABOR TONIGHT ON THE SNAKEPIT AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. VERY COMICAL. I AM APPEALING TO THE HON. GASTON BROWNE TO CALL A SNAP ELECTION.NONE OF THE OPPOSITION PARTY IS READY AND THEY WILL NEVER BE READY. BLESSINGS.

  9. MR. BYAM
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONE SIDED RHETORIC . I CAN SEE YOU SUPPORT LOSERS. YOUR UPP PARTY WILL GIVE YOU MORE REASONS TO COMPLAIN WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. YOU WILL CROSS THE FLOOR SOON.PLEASE FOLLOW THE OTHERS.

  10. Didnt one of those buses to be exact a yellow one was covered with Errol Corts pictures and used in Rural East. How come he wasn’t charge? Smh. The politics of this country is just to smear and cripple your opponent so you can hold onto power as long as god gives you life.

      • He was smarter than those three duncy bats. And to think that one is a lawyer and leader of the party. The other has a PHD. And the third can be excused. His head not so good.

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