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Pre-trial publicity basis of motion to stop Dorsett trial

Former Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett and his wife Tamela arrive at the Supreme court yesterday. PHOTOS:Ahvia J. Campbell

A former Cabinet Minister accused of corruption may not stand trial if he succeeds on a constitutional point, according to Wayne Munroe, QC.

Munroe revealed on Friday that he plans to file a constitutional motion raising the issue of the effect pre-trial publicity could have on former Minister of Environment Kenred Dorsett’s trial.

Dorsett is accused of soliciting $120,000 in bribes and alternatively extorting $120,000 from contractor Jonathan Ash, who was awarded a contract to work at the landfill.

Munroe said that he advised the Justice Carolita Bethell of his intention at yesterday’s case management hearing that was closed to the press.

Munroe said that in the Turks and Caicos, the former premier and his Cabinet, who were accused of corruption, had bench trials.

Munroe said, “Because the government didn’t think to put an alternative trial process in place, if we are right, you can’t have a trial of it at all.”

Dorsett returns to court on January 11. By that time, the constitutional motion should be filed, Munroe said.

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