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Corruption trial: SSP Forbes to know fate this afternoon

Published:Friday | May 9, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Senior Superintendent of Police, James Forbes will know his fate this afternoon when Resident Magistrate Stephanie Haisley-Jackson is expected to make a ruling in his corruption trial.

Forbes is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The charge is in relation to a meeting he admitted to facilitating at his office between businessman Bruce Bicknell and two policemen.

The policemen had arrested Bicknell for allegedly offering them a bribe during a traffic stop.

In seeking to persuade a magistrate to dismiss the charges against Forbes, attorney-at-law Jacqueline Samuels Brown argued that the senior cop took no action at the meeting that amounted to perverting the course of justice.

Samuels-Brown also sought to cast doubt on the prosecution's case, arguing that there was no evidence that Forbes knew that Bicknell had been arrested and charged with an offence.

She says there is no allegation that her client initiated, brokered, instigated or authored the agreement reached at the meeting to dismiss the charge against Bicknell.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have painted the senior cop as the one who arranged the meeting and cast doubt on Forbes’ claim that he was not aware that Bicknell had been arrested and bailed.

Bicknell, who was jointly charged with Forbes, was freed following a no-case submission in March.

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