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Premier faces 13 counts of corruption

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:15 AM
Former Premier Dr Ewart Brown.
Former Premier Dr Ewart Brown.

HAMILTON (CMC):

Former Premier Dr Ewart Brown was on Wednesday charged with 13 counts of corruption in the Magistrates’ Court.

Director of the Department of Public Prosecutions, Cindy Clarke, said the charges against the former leader, who appeared before the court remotely via Zoom, include five related to agreements with the Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts, through which he allegedly received US$4.01 million in monthly payments between 2001 and 2010.

The remaining eight charges relate to allegations of corruptly obtaining $350,500 in donations to benefit the Progressive Labour Party and the Bermuda Health Foundation between 2004 and 2010.

The offences allegedly took place between 2001 and 2010, with the earliest offences taking place while Brown was the minister of tourism and transport, and the later ones taking place while he was premier.

Brown, 75, was not required to enter a plea to any of the charges because they must be heard by the Supreme Court.

He remained silent during the proceedings, only speaking to confirm he could hear Senior Magistrate Juan Wolffe.

Wolffe released Brown, who was premier between 2006 and 2010, on a $250,000 bail, with a surety of the same amount.