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Cuban light bulb trial finally back in court

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2013 | 11:35 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

The long delayed Cuban light bulb trial is set to finally get back underway before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today.

The trial has been stalled since 2011 because of legal wranglings between Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn.

Former Junior Energy Minister, Kern Spencer, and his co-accused Colleen Wright are facing corruption and money laundering charges arising from the implementation of the Cuban light bulb project.

The trial has been before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court since 2008.

The last round of legal battles ended in favour of DPP Llewellyn  last month when the Court of Appeal threw out an application from Pusey.

The senior magistrate has sought to challenge a ruling of the Supreme Court which said that she does not have the power to instruct the DPP to be called as a witness at the trial.

She had also challenged an order which quashed her ruling that Miss Llewellyn should not be inside the courtroom when chief prosecution witness Rodney Chin is testifying.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the application and ordered that the Cuban lightbulb trial proceed.


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