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Prosecution to respond to no-case submission in Forbes, Bicknell bribery case

Published:Monday | February 10, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Livern Barret, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The attorney for Senior Superintendent James Forbes says his presence at a meeting to discuss the case involving businessman Bruce Bicknell is not enough to suggest that he was trying to pervert the course of justice.




The claim by attorney-at-law Jacqueline Samuels-Brown came this morning as she asked a magistrate to rule that there is no case for Forbes to answer.



Forbes and Bicknell are facing charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice arising from a traffic stop in east Kingston where police Sergeant Jubert Llewellyn alleged that the businessman tried to bribe him.



Days later a meeting was convened at Forbes' St Andrew offices to discuss the case.



Samuels-Brown argued that at the time of the meeting, the policeman had already satisfied himself that he was mistaken about whether Bicknell was trying to bribe him.



She said the meeting was called to protect the policeman from potential backlash.



The prosecution is to respond to the no-case submission this afternoon.



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