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Prosecution closes case in SSP Forbes hearing

Published:Monday | April 14, 2014 | 8:45 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Crown this afternoon asked Resident Magistrate Stephanie Jackson- Haisley to find that it has provided enough evidence to support the charge against Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) James Forbes.

Lead Prosecutor Tracey-Ann Johnson made the request during her closing arguments in Forbes corruption trial.

SSP Forbes is on trial for attempting to pervert the course of justice arising from a meeting he facilitated at his St Andrew offices with businessman Bruce Bicknell and two policemen.

The two policemen had arrested Bicknell for allegedly offering them a bribe following a traffic stop in east Kingston.

In her submission, Ms. Johnson insisted that SSP Forbes played an active role in the meeting.

She also said it was obvious that the objective of the meeting was achieved in that the case as Bicknell was not brought before the court.

Johnson submitted that the act was done deliberately and voluntarily and asked the court to reject Forbes' claim that he facilitated a meeting to provide limited mediation for the policemen.

SSP Forbes had been jointly charged along with Bicknell.

Bicknell was freed last month after Resident Magistrate Jackson-Haisley upheld a no-case submission by his attorneys.


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