Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that former Cabinet Minister Shane Gibson’s not guilty verdict is a miracle.
Gibson was accused of receiving almost $300,000 in bribes from businessman Jonathan Ash in exchange for approving payments for money owed for work concerning the cleanup associated with Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
“Today’s not guilty verdict is a miracle,” Davis said in a statement.
“My colleagues and I have prayed for this moment and we are pleased that the jury saw it the way we had been seeing it.
“This case should never have been brought.”
A Supreme Court jury delivered the verdict yesterday evening, bringing a close to the six-week trial.
Davis continued, “It should not have gone to the jury. It was clear from the start that this was simply victor’s justice; the political party in power taking advantage of its position as guardians of the state to oppress the political minority.
“Prime Minister Hubert Minnis goes down in the history of our country as the meanest and most vengeful prime minister: one who sought to divide instead of uniting.”
He continued, “At the end of the day, the jury got it right.
“I wish to thank the legal team headed by K. D. Knight, Able Don Foote, Damian Gomez, QC, Owen Wells and Philip McKenzie. They did a yeoman’s job. We owe them all a debt of gratitude.
“Finally, I wish to say that we continue to pray for Shane Gibson and his family.
“[A]s Mr. Gibson returns to private life, it is my hope that he and his family will find solace in this victory and that he will find a measure of peace and justice in what happened in this court today.”
James Guthrie, QC, Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskin, Terry Archer and Destiny McKinney appeared for the Crown.