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Dr Jephthah Ford case adjourned until March 13

Published:Thursday | February 16, 2017 | 2:15 PM

Prosecutors this morning closed their case in the corruption trial of prominent medical practitioner Dr Jephthah Ford.

The trial has, however, been adjourned until March 13 when Ford's lawyers will present their case.

The adjournment was granted by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece following an application by Ford's attorney Patrick Bailey.

Bailey also requested that retired Senior Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford and another retired senior cop be subpoenaed to give evidence on Dr Ford's behalf.

The prominent doctor and former People's National Party candidate is on trial for two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He was arrested and charged for allegedly offering a police Sergeant millions of dollars to end a criminal investigation against two Surinamese nationals and the release of US$533,000 or approximately $55 million they were held with during a police operation in St Andrew in 2014.

At the time, the two Surinamese men had been arrested and charged with possession of criminal property and conspiracy to possess criminal property and a police investigation was underway.

The prosecution called five witnesses, including police Sergeant Franklyn McLean who testified how he secretly recorded a meeting at Dr Ford's St Andrew offices.

Sergeant McLean testified that during the meeting Ford told him he was trying to save him from himself as the charges against the two men were spurious and could not stand up the light of day.