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Appeal Court reserves judgement in James Forbes matter

The Appeal Court has reserved judgement in the matter involving former head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Community Safety and Security Branch, James Forbes.
 
Judgement was reserved today following a one week hearing.
 
Mr. Forbes is appealing his 2014 conviction for corruption.
 
He was fined eight hundred thousand dollars by a magistrate in the St. Andrew Parish Court.
 
But in the appeal hearing, one of his attorneys, Hugh Wildman, urged the Appeal Court to quash the conviction.
 
He said there was no evidence that the former senior cop was engaged in any corruption and that the judge misdirected herself on the law in finding him guilty.
 
Prosecutors had accused Mr. Forbes of destroying a case file prepared against Tankweld boss, Bruce Bicknell, who was accused of offering a bribe to a policeman to quash a traffic ticket.
 
Mr. Bicknell was later freed of the charge.
 
Portland Western Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz was charged jointly with them, but he was also freed.
 


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