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July 16 mentioned date for cops on extortion charge

Published:Friday | May 2, 2014 | 2:10 PM

The case against the seven policemen who allegedly solicited money from a St James businessman to help him avoid a ganja charge, has been push back to July 16.

The seven constables are Devon Bernard, Marvin Campbell, Paul Williams, Tajay Allen, Alman Fletcher, Dwayne Lynch, and Denford Brown.

They are charged with extortion, corruptly soliciting money, corruptly accepting money, and aiding and abetting.

Their case was pushed back after the court learnt that telephone data is outstanding from the prosecution’s case file.

Their bail have been extended until their next court appearance on July 16.

It is alleged that in November 2013, the seven policemen carried out an operation in Montego Bay, during which a quantity of ganja was found at premises owned by a businessman.

The policemen allegedly solicited and accepted $300,000 from the businessman to forego prosecution.

The matter was subsequently reported to the Anti-Corruption Branch and a probe was launched, resulting in the arrest of the men.


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