Pointe Xpress has been reliably informed that Antigua and Barbuda’s Director of Public Prosecution, Anthony Armstrong, will appear in court in his native Jamaica today to answer to four charges.
It is belived that these charges are linked to a matter in which Armstrong was found guilty of professional misconduct by Jamaica’s General Legal Council earlier this year.
Armstrong reportedly flew into Jamaica on Sunday where he was arrested on arrival and charged with three counts of fraudulent conversion and conspiracy to defraud.
A Red Notice was issued by the International Police (Interpol) on 31st October, 2022 in the name of Anthony Armstrong, but was rescinded on 1st November in a notification that read in part, “Kindly note that the Red Notice for this subject has been withdrawn based on some developments in the matter that will be dealt with locally. Whenever Mr. Armstrong comes to Jamaica, necessaries will be done.”
The General Legal Council, a statutory body which organises legal education and upholds the standards of professional conduct in Jamaica, concluded earlier this year that Armstrong acted in contravention of the laws of Jamaica when he signed as a witness on a document for someone who was imprisoned in the United States.
Armstrong proceeded on administrative leave from his duties as DPP in February, 2022 and after filing an appeal against the disciplinary committee’s decision, however he resumed duties in the Ministry of Legal Affairs in May.
It is unknown whether the appeal was heard.
It is believed a criminal police investigation in to the allegations made against him was launched stemming from the complaint lodged against him with the General Legal Council and following their conclusion concerning his conduct.
Efforts to contact acting prime minister, Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin, for comment on this latest development concerning DPP Armstrong were unsuccessful.