Newspaper editor charged for sand mining

Newspaper editor charged for sand mining

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) - Newspaper Editor, George Worme, who has used his newspaper to expose what he sees as corruption in Grenada, has been arrested and charged for stealing sand, police have said.

But Worme, the editor of the controversial New Today newspaper, has described his arrest as a misunderstanding.

Police say Worme was arrested on a beach on the south east of the island just after midnight with four buckets of sand.

“George Worme has been granted bail in the sum of two thousand dollars (US$740) with one surety “the police said in a statement, adding “the 54-year-old journalist was caught with four buckets of sand in a vehicle on the Fort Jeudy Beach, by officers attached to South St. George Police Station during a patrol at about 1:00 am.”

Under Grenadian law it is illegal to extract sand from the beaches and such a crime carries a penalty of EC$15,000 (US$5,555) or two years in prison.

Worme said he cannot speak to the details of the incident since he has now been formally charged but said it had nothing to do with his role as a newspaper editor.

“The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has charged me with sand mining as a result of a certain misunderstanding. Since a formal charge has been laid against me, the matter is now before the Magistrate's Court, as such it is sub-judice and therefore I cannot make any further comment at this stage” Worme said in a statement..

“Neither my lawyer or myself would wish to get into the merit of the case, however, Mr Clouden will address the matter at the appropriate time and place. This is a matter involving the Commissioner of Police Vs George Worme in a private capacity and in no way involves the New Today Newspaper”.

Worme is due to appear before the magistrate court on May 22nd to answer the charge

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