The Director of Public Prosecutions, Anthony Armstrong, has won an appeal against a magistrate’s decision to dismiss and not commit to the High Court for trial, the fraud case against three former members of parliament.
Yesterday, the Court of Appeal sent back the criminal matter for committal proceedings before a magistrate, but the court did not state whether the same magistrate could conduct the case. Neither did the court set a date since this would be left up to the magistrate to decide in accordance with his or her schedule.
The ruling comes more than two years after Magistrate Conliffe Clarke dismissed the case against the trio – former Finance Minister Harold Lovell, who is now the political leader of the opposition United Progressive Party; former Education Minister, Dr. Jacqui Quinn; along with former Public Works minister, Wilmoth Daniel. They were represented by attorneys Anesta Weekes, John Fuller and Ralph Francis, respectively.
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