Case Involving Former Ministers in Bus Scandal to Be Appealed
Thursday 15th November, 2018-An appeal will be heard this month in a case involving three former government ministers that was dismissed last year in the Magistrates’ Court.
Dr. Jacqui Quinn, UPP Political Leader Harold Lovell and former Minister of Health, Wilmoth Daniel were slapped with corruption, embezzlement, larceny and fraudulent charges in 2016.
They were hauled before the court for allegedly converting gifts from the Korean Government. Three Daewoo buses that were donated to the then Baldwin Spencer administration were allegedly converted for personal use by the three former ministers, with the vehicles being registered in their names.
An investigation was subsequently launched and charges were instituted.
However, the case was dismissed in 2017 after Magistrate Conliffe Clarke ruled in part that the evidence that was laid before the court was scant and he also had difficulty in determining who the virtual complainant was.
But an appeal was filed and will be heard this month, though a specific date was not given.
The UPP officials described the ordeal as political persecution
Government through Minister Dean Jonas is insisting it has nothing to do with the matter, adding it was a decision of the DPP to move forward with it.
Minister Jonas says he does not subscribe to the suggestion that critics of the government will view the appeal of the matter as political.