Ongoing pre-trial arguments have delayed the start of former Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson’s corruption trial.
Gibson has pleaded not guilty to charges that he extorted $610,000 from contractor Jonathan Ash in order to expedite payments related to clean-up efforts following Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Gibson enjoyed a large show of support from family and friends as the closed-session arguments took place before Justice Carolita Bethell.
Witnesses and potential jurors mingled with Gibson’s supporters in the Supreme Court foyer until they were separated by court staff.
The jury pool was called into the courtroom shortly before 11 a.m. but returned to the designated waiting area a short time later.
At noon, the potential jurors and witnesses were dismissed until 10 a.m. on September 26.
Keith Knight, QC, leads Gibson’s legal team that includes Damian Gomez, QC, Philip McKenzie and Owen Wells.
James Guthrie, QC, assisted by Terry Archer and Destiny McKinney appear for the Crown.