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PNP reserves comment on Basil Waite's arrest

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 10:32 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The People’s National Party (PNP) has reserved comment on the arrest of one its members, Basil Waite, on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice.




In a statement today, a PNP spokesperson described as serious the allegations made against Waite, a consultant in the Local Government ministry and a former senator.



However, the PNP says it will only comment after the investigations and related Court proceedings are concluded and even then, only if it deems it necessary or appropriate.



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 aspirant for the North East St Elizabeth seat, appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.



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.



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