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Courts set date for Dorsett corruption trial

A former Cabinet minister accused of corruption while in office will not go to trial until 2020.

Justice Carolita Bethel set a March 23 trial date during a status hearing yesterday.

Former Minister of Environment Kenred Dorsett, who served in the Christie Cabinet from 2012 to 2017, was accused of bribery months after the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) was swept from office in a landslide defeat in May 2017.

In June 2017, Dorsett became the first of three PLP members to be accused of abusing their office for financial gain.

He was accused of soliciting $120,000 in bribes from contractor Jonathan Ash so that he would not use his influence to stop Ash from working at the landfill.

Shane Gibson, the former labor and national insurance minister who is accused of receiving $610,000 in bribes from Ash, is scheduled to be tried on those allegations on September 23.

Former Senator and Public Hospitals Authority Chairman Frank Smith was in January acquitted of bribery and extortion charges over claims that he extorted $60,000 from Barbara Hanna after he helped her company win the contract to clean a portion of the hospital.

A challenge against that decision will be heard on May 14.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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