UPDATE: How Basil Waite allegedly tried to pervert the course of justice
Karlene Brown, Assistant News Editor - Radio
Prosecutors have tendered a document in court outlining how Basil Waite, a consultant with the Ministry of Local Government, sought to interfere with a matter before the court.
Waite, a former senator and former political aspirant for the North East St Elizabeth seat, appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today on the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice:
The prosecution is claiming that on Wednesday April 16, 2014, Waite telephoned the operator of a Waste Management company who was a complainant in a corruption case before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
The former Senator is alleged to have asked the company operator to meet and discuss what, if anything could be done to help police constable Oliver Reid against whom a criminal case was pending.
Constable Reid is alleged to have solicited a bribe of $25,000 from the company operator in May 2013.
The money was considered to be the return of a favour to the cop for his decision not to prosecute a driver of the company operator for a road traffic violation.
After Waite contacted the company operator seeking to resolve the matter, a report was made to the police officer of the Anti-Corruption Branch who was investigating the bribery against Constable Reid.
Since that time, the police had been probing the matter against Waite and this morning detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency arrested and charged him with attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The matter was heard in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey, and the former senator was offered bail in the sum of $1.5 million.
Waite is expected back in court on November 10.
He has been ordered to surrender his travel documents and be fingerprinted.
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