Basil Waite's case pushed back to July 10

Basil Waite's case pushed back to July 10

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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THE corruption trial of former People's National Party senator Basil Waite was stalled in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

When the case was called up yesterday, Resident Magistrate Grace Henry-McKenzie ordered that the unedited version of call data records for the months of April and May 2014, relating to the case, from telecommunications firm Digicel be made available, following a request from defence attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson.

Waite's bail was subsequently extended and he was booked to return to court July 10, by which time the court is hoping that the requested call data would be made available.

Waite, a former advisor to Local Government Minister Noel Arscott, was arrested and charged by the police on October 8, 2014 with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Court documents said that Waite contacted a businessman who is a witness in a corruption case involving a policeman who was charged on April 16 last year. It is alleged that Waite requested a meeting with the businessman in a bid to assist the policeman. The businessman made a report to the police and Waite was arrested.

Meanwhile, RM Henry-McKenzie will not be hearing the case when Waite returns to court on July 10 as she is also involved in the trial involving the policeman that led to the former senator being charged.

-- Racquel Porter

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