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CUBAN LIGHT BULB TRIAL: DPP pursues extreme measures to secure witness

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2014 | 12:53 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Prosecutors in the Cuban light bulb trial this morning indicated that they will now resort to extreme measures to have the son of Wilfred Nembhard, the former St Elizabeth Custos, appear in court to give evidence.




According to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, Eldon Nembhard has been evading the police who have been trying to serve him with a subpoena to testify in the matter.



However, Llewellyn did not elaborate on the extreme measures she was considering.



Former head of the Organised Crime and Investigation Division Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey this morning gave evidence at the light bulb trial.



SSP Bailey outlined how former junior energy minister Kern Spencer and his former personal assistant Colleen Wright came to be charged with corruption arising from the implementation of the Cuban light bulb programme.



Spencer and Wright are charged with money laundering and illicit enrichment arising from the 2006 implementation of the light bulb programme.



The Crown is alleging that they devised a scheme and set up dummy companies to receive millions of dollars in contracts under the programme.



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