Defendant in alleged passport scam asks magistrate to recuse herself

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Defendant in alleged passport scam asks magistrate to recuse herself by: – May 18, 2012 Sharecenter_img 122 Views   no discussions Share Attorney at Law, Bernard WiltshireAttorney at law Bernard Wiltshire who is jointly charged with Nash Mitchel for alleged involvement in a passport scam has requested that Magistrate Candia Carette-George recuse herself from presiding over the matter.Wiltshire who is being represented by David Bruney told magistrate Carette-George on Friday; “it’s nothing personal” however because she is the daughter of the Chief of Police, Cyril Carette he does not feel comfortable having her preside over the matter, since the matter is against the state.Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste and Ossie Lewis have already recused themselves from presiding over the trial citing personal reasons.Meanwhile Lindon Marie, Nash Mitchell, Kimana James and Harolda Henry also appeared in court on Friday for their alleged involvement in the same passport scam.Lindon Marie (left) and Nash Mitchell (right). Photo credit: The DominicanThe defendants who face several charges including forgery, conspiracy and deception have been charged jointly and individually.In May, 2011 Mitchel of Soufriere, Marie of River Street and James of Castle Comfort were arrested and charged for forgery in their alleged involvement in the passport scam. Mitchel and Marie were granted bail several days later in the sum of $75,000.00 each with two sureties as well as strict reporting conditions by the High Court while James was granted bail in the sum of $30, 000.00 by at the magistrate’s Court.On January 30th, 2012 Wiltshire was arrested and charged for conspiracy and was granted EC$50,000.00 bail while Harolda Henry of Grand Bay was also granted $50,000.00 for her alleged involvement.Kimana James. Photo credit: thedominican.netIn January 2011 an additional charge of conspiracy was brought against James, Mitchell and Marie at the magistrate’s court.The charge states that between November 2nd, 2005 and September 2006 the defendants conspired with persons unknown to obtain 11 birth certificates belonging to the state for foreign nationals.Mitchel and Marie had to make another application for bail as their first bail application was granted at the High Court.Carette-George informed the Court that based of absence of two of the defendant’s lawyer and “the serious nature of the charges” that the matter will be adjourned to August 14th, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more