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Light bulb case postponed until March 18

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator — Crime/Court Desk henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, March 04, 2014    

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THE no-case submissions in the Cuban light bulb case were yesterday postponed until March 18 in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The matter was postponed on the request of the defence who requested time to prepare written submissions on the matter.

The submissions are to be served on the prosecution on or before March 10.

Former Junior Energy Minister Kern Spencer, Coleen Wright and Rodney Chin were arrested in February 2008 and slapped with fraud- and corruption-related charges in connection with irregularities in the distribution of four million energy-saving light bulbs that were a gift from the Cuban Government.

The charges against Chin were, however, dropped following a meeting in November 2008 with Chin, his lawyer, Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn and others. Chin ended up being the prosecution's star witness.

The way was cleared for the attorneys to make the no-case submissions last Tuesday after the prosecution closed its case after five years of on-and-off evidence from 20 witnesses and the presentation of 85 exhibits.

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