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Seven cops on corruption charges have bails extended

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 11:03 PMChristopher Thomas

The case against seven policemen, who allegedly accepted money from a St James businessman in exchange for not prosecuting him on ganja charges, in 2013, has been set for mention on May 5, following their court appearance yesterday.

Constables Alman Fletcher, Delroy Brown, Marvin Campbell, Devon Bernard, Dwayne Lynch, Paul Williams, and Tajay Allen, who are all attached to the St James Police Division, are charged before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court with extortion, corruptly soliciting money, corruptly accepting money, and aiding and abetting. They had their bails extended after the court was told that their attorneys had been served with all documentation from the prosecution.

"Service (of outstanding documents) was to be effected, but we did not meet the deadline...we have just completed service this morning," clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm informed Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie.

After conferring with the defendants' attorneys, RM Tie set the case for May 5 and extended the seven men's bails to that date.

The allegations are that, in November 2013, the seven cops solicited and accepted J$300,000 from a businessman in exchange for not prosecuting him for a quantity of ganja, which was found at his premises during a police operation.