The MP for West Portland, the JLP’s Daryl Vaz, this morning entered a not guilty plea, when he appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court to answer a charge of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.
Mr. Vaz is accused of offering to facilitate the promotion of Sergeant Jubert Llewelyn, if the policeman agreed to discontinue pursuit of a bribery charge against businessman, Bruce Bicknell.
At just after 11-this morning, the Clerk of the Court told Mr. Vaz that he’s accused of offering a public servant a promise not to discharge his lawful duty.
When asked how he was pleading, the West Portland MP responded, “not guilty”, as he stood in the prisoner’s dock.
Sergeant Llewelyn, who’s the prosecution’s main witness, is at this hour giving testimony.
He has so far outlined to the Court, the circumstances which led to Mr. Bicknell being charged with bribery.
The DPP has since decided not to pursue the case against Mr. Bicknell.
Mr. Vaz is being represented by attorney Peter Champagnie.
Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis is presiding over the matter.
Prosecutor Broderick Smith is marshalling the evidence on behalf of the crown.