May 23, 2024


Simply Consistent

Court dismisses application by UPP trio to have bus conversion appeal struck out

(From still left) Harold Lovell, Dr Jacqui Quinn and Wilmoth Daniel

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By Latrishka Thomas

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The Office environment of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) can now shift ahead with its attraction in the make a difference of the properly-publicised ‘bus conversion’ circumstance.

The charm targets very last November’s determination by Justice Colin Williams to quash a scenario introduced versus 3 previous UPP ministers, Harold Lovell, Wilmoth Daniel and Dr Jacqui Quinn, for corruption, embezzlement and conversion.

The circumstance centred on 3 Daewoo buses donated in 2008 to the then United Progressive Celebration (UPP) administration by the federal government of South Korea. The defendants had been accused of converting and using the vehicles – well worth a lot more than $200,000 each individual – for their own particular use.

Right after about a few weeks of a choose-only demo in the High Court docket, Justice Williams dominated that the trio experienced no situation to respond to.

Two weeks later, the prosecution filed a discover of attractiveness to the appellate court citing 12 motives why they feel “the discovered trial judge erred in law”.

The goal is for the Court of Attraction to allow the attraction “in complete or in parts” grant “permission for the appellant to file additional on any other grounds on the receipt of the file of the transcript” “quash and set aside” the judge’s ruling or any other orders the court docket considers correct and just.

But in the hope that that would not come about, the a few defendants filed an software in the Japanese Caribbean Supreme Court. In May, Justices Davidson Kelvin Baptiste, Gertel Thom and Mario Michel started to hear submissions from the defence, who were hoping to cease the case from getting appealed.

In the conclude, the court docket ruled that the DPP had substantive grounds to attraction.

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