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Former Senator Basil Waite charged with corruption, granted $1.5m bail

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 10:35 AM
Basil Waite - File

Former Opposition Senator Basil Waite has been granted bail in the sum of $1.5 million on the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.



Waite was charged by the Major Organised and Anti-Corruption Agency.



When he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning prosecutors said Waite is accused of trying to influence a matter that was before the court.



It is alleged that Waite contacted the complainant in a corruption matter involving a Police Officer with a view of influencing the outcome.



MOCA says a report was made to the then Anti-Corruption Branch and an investigation was launched.



Following the investigation, a file was submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who ruled on Monday October 6, 2014 that an arrest could be made.



His attorney, Xavier Mayne, has denied the allegations.



Waite is to return to court on November 10 when the matter is to be mentioned again.



About Basil Waite



*Attended the Munro College in Malvern St Elizabeth



*Waite is from a political family.



*His grandfather, Leonard Waite, ran in the local government election in 1947, while his father, Basil Waite Sr, ran three decades later - in 1977.



*He grew up in North West St Elizabeth.



*Was tipped to replace Kern Spencer in North East St Elizabeth, but was sidelined for Raymond Pryce.



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