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Shane Gibson’s motion dismissed, new trial date set

Former Cabinet Minister Shane Gibson will be tried in September on accusations of corruption.

Gibson, the former labor and national insurance minister who is accused of receiving $610,000 in kickbacks from a contractor, has had several trial dates vacated, as the court heard a motion aimed at ending the case without a trial.

However, Justice Indra Charles has dismissed the constitutional motion and set a new September 23 trial date.

She said, “In my considered opinion, the applicant faces very serious allegations of corruption in public office. He should be tried.

“Public confidence in the criminal justice system is more likely to be shaken if the applicant is not tried.”

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