Crown Counsel Shannon Jones-Gittens is expected to take over the position of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Antigua and Barbuda, as Anthony Armstrong is currently facing serious criminal charges in Kingston.
Armstrong, who is a native of Jamaica was arrested and charged in Jamaica for fraudulent conversion. He was released on station bail. The trial will commence on November 16th
He is according to reports from Jamaica on bail in the sum of $500,000 with surety and is being represented by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman.
Armstrong was found guilty of professional misconduct by the country’s legal disciplinary body – the General Legal Council (GLC) – for signing a document knowing that his client was not physically present.
Legal Affairs Minister Steadroy Benjamin said last week that a red notice alert was issued by Interpol for the arrest of the DPP on October 31st, but one day later on November 01st, it was withdrawn.
According to reports in the Jamaica Gleaner, Armstrong is contending that he is not guilty of the charges because the proceeds of the sale were paid over to the complainant’s father, whom he had authorized to be his agent, while he was incarcerated in the USA.
Armstrong reportedly said one of the properties was owned by the complainant and his cousin.
Commenting further, Armstrong said since the complainant came back to Jamaica about two years ago he has been receiving numerous threats from the complainant.
He said the complainant told him that he was going to “dutty up” his name and cause him to lose his job.
The complainant had reported Armstrong to the General Legal Council (GLC) over the matter.
The Disciplinary Committee of the GLC found in February that Armstrong was guilty of professional misconduct for signing a document for a client who was not present.
Wildman said Armstrong was appealing the committee’s ruling in relation to the signing of the document.