Nationwide News understands that the Director of Public Prosecution, details DPP, Paula Llewelyn, has signaled that her office will be pressing ahead with the prosecution of West Portland MP, Daryl Vaz, on corruption charges.
However, the DPP has reportedly told defense attorneys via letter that her office will be discontinuing the bribery charge against Tankweld CEO, Bruce Bicknell.
Attorneys for Vaz and Bicknell wrote the DPP following the conviction of Senior Superintendent, James Forbes in May on a charge of perverting the course.
The attorneys argued that the prosecution of Vaz and Bicknell on the outstanding bribery and corruption charges should be discontinued.
Sources at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions say it has been decided that the prosecution of Vaz will go ahead but the case against Bicknell will be discontinued.
This, when the cases are mentioned next week Thursday, July 17.
It’s understood that the DPP ruled that in the case of Vaz, the presiding magistrate should determine the credibility of the witnesses.
But, the DPP has reportedly decided that given the uncertain nature of the testimony regarding whether Bicknell had offered a bribe to Police Sergeant Jubert Llewelyn, the prosecution of the businessman will be discontinued.
Sergeant Llewelyn had told the Court during the trial of SSP Forbes that he was doubtful whether Bruce Bicknell had attempted to bribe him.
Contacted this afternoon, DPP Paul Llewelyn declined to confirm or deny that the prosecution of Vaz will be continued while the case against Bicknell will be aborted.
Bicknell’s attorney, KD Knight was also cautious when asked whether he was aware of communication from the DPP to this effect.
Attempts to contact the lawyer for Daryl Vaz, George Soutar, were unsuccessful.
Mr. Vaz did not respond to calls placed to his mobile phone.
That bribery and corruption matter in which Vaz and Bicknell are charged stem from a traffic incident in April 2012.
Bicknell was charged after Sergeant Llewelyn alleged that the businessman attempted to bribe him with 2-thousand dollars to have a traffic ticket dismissed.
Vaz is accused of offering to facilitate Sergeant Llewelyn’s promotion in exchange for the charge against Bicknell being quashed.
The West Portland MP has denied the allegations.
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