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Basil Waite corruption case pushed back to January 2015

Published:Monday | November 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Waite... to return court on January 6, 2015

The corruption case against former Government Senator Basil Waite has been pushed back to January 6 next year.

When he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court this morning, the court was told that phone records and cybercrime reports were still outstanding.

Waite’s bail has been extended to the new court date.

The former Opposition Senator has been charged by the Major Organised and Anti-Corruption Agency with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He is accused of trying to influence a matter that was before the court.

But his attorney, Xavier Mayne, has denied the allegations.

It's alleged that Waite, who is also a consultant to the Local Government Ministry, tried to arrange a meeting with a Kingston businessman and Justice of the Peace whose actions resulted in corruption charges against a police constable.

Prosecutors say on Wednesday April 16, 2014, he 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 on behalf of 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 for the cop for his decision not to prosecute a driver of the company operator for a road traffic violation.


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