Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands is scheduled to testify tomorrow in the Frank Smith extortion and bribery trial.
Prosecutor Edward Jenkins, QC, informed the court today that the prosecution will call Sands to take the stand once the defense wraps up its cross examination of mobile engineer Wayden Colebrooke on Wednesday morning.
Sands will be the second Cabinet minister to testify in the high-profile trial. National Security Minister Marvin Dames took the stand in June. During his testimony, Dames denied that he meddled in the police investigation of the complaint against Smith.
Smith is accused of demanding and receiving bribes totaling $60,000 from cleaning company owner Barbara Hanna. Prosecutors allege that the payments were for Smith’s help in Hanna securing a $500,000 contract to clean the Critical Care Block of Princess Margaret Hospital.
Smith, the former chairman of the Public Hospitals Authority, has denied the charges of extortion, bribery and misconduct in public office at his trial before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.