A Supreme Court judge yesterday banned the media and public from further commentary on the Shane Gibson bribery case.
Justice Indra Charles’ gag order is in response to a series of documents that have been published on social media in relation to the former labor minister’s bribery trial.
Gibson is one of three members of the former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) facing trial over allegations of corrupt behavior while in public office.
Charles announced her decision Friday morning after she summoned the media, the Crown and the defense to her courtroom.
The gag order applies to attorneys of both sides of the case, social media, talk show hosts and mainstream media. A breach of this order could trigger contempt of court proceedings.
Charles took over the case after the untimely death of Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs.
Gibson is accused of receiving $610,000 in kickbacks from contractor Jonathan Ash in order to expedite payments owed to him by the government.
The prosecution alleges that the bribe payments were made between January 17, 2017 and March 27, 2017.
No trial date has been set in the matter.