The four police officers who were slapped with corruption charges for their alleged involvement with the release of a prisoner in St James in January were yesterday granted bail in the sum of $1 million each when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
The prisoner, Greg Taylor, who was released from the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay, was allegedly found in the home of woman constable Faye Falconer on February 24.
Police allege that Taylor, who was wanted for several serious crimes in St James and Hanover, was removed from the lock-up of the Freeport Police Station on January 30 "under the guise of being taken to court".
He was released somewhere in St James, allegedly by the officers, who reported that he had escaped their custody.
The other officers facing corruption charges in relation to the incident are constables Alicia Hutchinson-Brooks, Kirton Green and Raymond Johnson.
Falconer, who is charged with harbouring a prisoner contrary to common law, must report every day to the Freeport Police and surrender her travel documents.
Green is charged with corruptly soliciting money in the performance of his public functions, after he allegedly accepted bribes totalling $650,000 to release Taylor. He was ordered to report to the Falmouth police every Thursday and also to surrender his travel documents.
Johnson is charged with accepting $220,000 for Taylor's release and attempting to pervert the course of justice by aiding and abetting the crime. He must report every Thursday to the Savanna-la- Mar Police and surrender all travel documents.
Woman Constable Hutchinson-Brooks is charged with accepting a $220,000-bribe to release Taylor and attempting to pervert the course of justice by aiding and abetting the release. She, too, must report every Thursday to the Savanna-la-Mar Police and surrender all her travel documents.
A stop-order at all ports was also imposed on all four by the court.