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Appeal Court rules in favour of DPP

Friday, April 26, 2013 | 3:51 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica  – All is now clear for the long-delayed trial of former junior energy minister Kern Spencer in the Cuban light bulb case to continue in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

The Appeal Court Friday ruled in favour of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Paula Llewellyn in a motion filed by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey.

The Resident Magistrate had appealed a ruling by the Judicial Review Court that she was wrong in granting a subpoena to the attorneys for Spencer to have the DPP called as a witness in the trial.

Spencer's attorneys had argued that the DPP should be called as a witness, to shed light on her November 2008 meeting with then co-accused, Rodney Chin, but the Appeal Court affirmed the ruling of the Judicial Review Court.

The case against Spencer has been ongoing since 2008.

Spencer and his co-accused, Colleen Wright, are facing corruption and money laundering charges arising from the implementation of the Cuban light bulb project.

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