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Ramsey’s Constitutional Arguments Begin

Former Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Board Member Fred Ramsey, convicted last week in the Supreme Court on numerous bribery charges, now has to wait a little longer to learn his fate.

A hearing was scheduled for yesterday morning before Justice Bernard Turner, but it was adjourned due to the crown not being prepared to proceed.

Ramsey is expected to report to the Elizabeth Estates Police Station before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 17th, 2016, as the judge ordered his bail to continue.

Last week, Tuesday a nine member jury found Ramsey guilty on 12 counts of bribery; two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery; not guilty on two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery and not guilty on two counts of bribery.

He was however, on trial on four counts of conspiracy to commit bribery and 14 counts of bribery allegedly committed between 199 and 2003.

The allegations are related to a widespread scheme involving tens of millions of dollars in bribes to countries around the world that Ramsey allegedly paid more than $300,000 to a BEC board member to influence contracts to a French company, Alstom, between 1999 and 2003.

Ramsey’s attorney, Wayne Munroe QC, asked the court to hear constitutional arguments prior to sentencing.

Those arguments were expected to be heard yesterday, but will not be heard until the date of adjournment, Friday, May 20th, 2016.




Written by Jones Bahamas

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