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Breaking | Frank Smith’s acquittal upheld

The Court of Appeal upheld a magistrate’s decision to acquit former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Senator Frank Smith of bribery and extortion charges today.

Prosecutors were challenging the “flawed and erroneous” February 1 ruling of Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt to acquit Smith on allegations that he extorted Barbara Hanna, the owner of Magic Touch Cleaning Company.

Prosecutors said Smith assisted Hanna in getting a contract to clean the Critical Care Unit of Princess Margaret Hospital and then demanded that she pay him $5,000 monthly after she received her first payment.

However, the appellate judges dismissed the appeal.

At the conclusion of the matter, Appellate Justice Jon Isaacs told Smith that he is free to go.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Neil Braithwaite announced in court that Office of the Attorney General will be filing for leave to appeal the ruling before the Privy Council.

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