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Embattled DPP returns to court today

Editorial Staff

Jan 5, 2023

Today a court in Jamaica will hear submissions from the attorneys representing Antigua and Barbuda’s fraud-accused Director of Public Prosecution Anthony Armstrong, for his matter to be thrown out.

The court hearing comes on the heels of a decision by the court in December to refuse a stay of proceedings.

The charges stem from the sale of three properties in St Andrew between 1999 and 2002 in which Armstrong had represented the complainant.

During the hearing, Armstrong claimed that 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.

Hugh Wildman, the lead attorney in the DPP’s case, had made submissions asking for charges against Armstrong to be thrown out and for the proceedings to be stayed on grounds that it was an abuse of process.

At the December hearing, Wildman argued that there was a long delay in his client being charged, lack of or nonexistent evidence and prosecutorial misconduct.

 

But the judge ruled that all the grounds proffered by the defense team had failed.

And now, Wildman is seeking to have the case terminated in the parish court.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that Armstrong will not be returning as DPP and has agreed to retire from the position he has held since 2005.

“My government could not allow Armstrong to continue to serve in this position given the accusation against him,” Browne said recently.

The Cabinet previously said the Judicial and Legal Services Commission based in St Lucia would determine the actions which are to follow Armstrong’s arrest and charges.

Senior crown counsel Shannon Jones-Gittens was appointed Acting DPP a few days after Armstrong’s debacle.

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