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New judge appointed in Gibson trial

Justice Carolita Bethel has been chosen to preside over the corruption trial of former Minister of Labor and National Insurance Shane Gibson.

Justice Bernard Turner made the announcement in court today.

The reassignment comes more than two weeks after Justice Indra Charles removed herself, citing conflicts with her busy civil calendar.

The trial was previously set to start in September, however Turner said Bethel will set a new trial date when time when Gibson returns to court on June 11.

Prosecutors allege that Gibson received $610,000 in kickbacks from contractor Jonathan Ash in order to expedite payments related to clean-up efforts following Hurricane Matthew.

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