Monday, June 28, 2010

Judicial Review in Cuban lightbulb case set for Sept

Judicial Review in Cuban lightbulb case set for Sept
Monday, June 28, 2010

THE corruption trial of former junior energy minister Kern Spencer and
his assistant Coleen Wright, will not be resuming in the Corporate Area
Resident Magistrate's Court before September.

The trial was on Friday stayed in the Supreme Court pending a Judicial
Review hearing of Senior Corporate Area Magistrate Judith Pusey's ruling
for the director of public prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, to disclose
the substance of her September 2008 meeting with former accused Rodney
Chin, shortly before he became the Crown's star witness.

Following the senior magistrate's ruling on April 16, Llewellyn obtained
an order in the High Court for a Judicial Review of the decision arguing
that the ruling is unreasonable and a breach of Section 94, sub-section
6 of the Constitution. As a result the Supreme Court halted the
corruption trial.

Llewellyn is asking the court – which will consist of three judges – to
quash the ruling.

The hearing was on Friday set for four days, starting on September 6.

The corruption case against Spencer and Wright will be mentioned in
magistrate's court on June 30, where the decision to stay the trial
pending the outcome of the Judicial Review hearing will be relayed.

Spencer and Wright are on trial for the handling of the distribution of
several million energy-saving lightbulbs, a gift from the Cuban
Government that ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

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