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Former Education Minister in Antigua arrested and charged

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 1:25 PM
Michael Browne - Contributed photo.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Information Minister Melford Nicholson on Thursday announced that Michael Browne, 44, who resigned as Education Minister on Wednesday, has been arrested and charged. 

Nicholson did not state the nature of the charge.

Following the news of Browne’s arrest, Prime Minister Gaston Browne asked the Governor General to rescind the appointment of the former education minister from the Cabinet.

According to the Prime Minister, the Education Ministry has been given to Sports and Festivals Minister, Daryl Matthew, who has already been sworn in.

Michael Browne reportedly resigned following allegations made against him by a woman.

On Thursday, he was arrested and charged and granted bail in the sum of EC$15,000 when he appeared in court.

Browne’s attorney, Gail Pedro, told the court that her client has no previous arrest and will not be interfering with the victim or witnesses. 

The presiding magistrate Ngaio Emanuel-Edward granted the former minister bail, ordered him to surrender his travel documents, and report to the police three times per week. 

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