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Investigator testifies how a gov't minister breached the Integrity Act

Published:Thursday | November 6, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court was today told that Government Minister, Anthony Hylton, failed to disclose his interest in a development company when he made his statutory declaration to the Integrity Commission in 2010.

Hylton is on trial for breaches of the Parliament (Integrity of Members) Act.

A former investigator for the Commission this afternoon testified that checks with the Companies Office of Jamaica showed that Hylton is a director and sole shareholder in the company, Calarium Developments Limited.

The investigator said Hylton did not disclose this information when he submitted his declaration form.

The prosecution witness told the court that Hylton was contacted and asked to provide the Commission with the company’s financial statements and an explanation about why it was not declared.

The retired investigator testified that Hylton was given until July 8, 2011 to respond but up to the time of his retirement in 2013 there was no reply.

The trial has been adjourned to January 5 next year.

On resumption, the witness is expected to be cross examined by Hylton’s attorney Jacqueline Samuels-Brown.

The MP is accused of failing to file the 2010 declaration in the time allowed by law.

Hylton is also being accused of failing to provide the Commission with financial statements for the company in question.

In addition, he is accused of failing to furnish the commission with statements for an overseas bank account held by his wife.


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