Cabinet Office announces Brian Moree, QC, as next chief justice

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prominent attorney Brian Moree, QC, will become The Bahamas’ next chief justice, the Cabinet Office announced today. In a statement, the Cabinet Office said Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, following consultation with Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis, advised Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, to appoint Moree as chief justice, effective June 12. […]

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Pintard touts benefits of industrial hemp if marijuana is decriminalized

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Michael Pintard, on Thursday expressed hope that the government would move to decriminalize marijuana, which would allow the country to make use of industrial hemp. “In terms of the production of industrial hemp to create a wide range of products we use already, I think the […]

Mitchell: Police audit report must be reviewed with ‘an analytical eye’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman, Fred Mitchell, on Friday expressed serious concerns about the commentary that has ensued from the tabled police reserves audit report, which casted a negative light on the organization. Mitchell told Eyewitness News Online that the report and the comments in the public domain has done a disservice […]

Govt. tabled National Crime Intelligence Agency Bill

Bill would give agency general powers of inquiry, search, arrest and seizure NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The proposed National Crime Intelligence Agency (NCIA) Bill, 2019, would establish an Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament that would be responsible for the administration of finances for the agency, the general review of its performance and investigate any complaints in […]

Charges levied against Harold Williams’ attacker elevated

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The US attorneys representing Harold Williams, a Bahamian who was stabbed in the face on March 16, 2019 while visiting a restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Florida, revealed on Saturday that the charges levied against Williams’ attacker have been elevated from second degree aggravated battery with a deadly weapon to first degree aggravated […]

37 Haitian nationals charged in Inagua court with illegal landing

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 37 Haitian nationals were charged in an Inagua court on Thursday, April 11, 2019 with illegal landing. A statement released from the Department of Immigration on Thursday said the group, comprised of 30 males and seven females, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt in the magistrate’s court in […]

Attorney calls for independent investigations in police-involved shootings

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A decision recently handed down in the Coroner’s Court, which ruled that a police-involved shooting death was unlawful, has raised a number of concerns about inconsistencies and loop holes in investigations in police-involved killings, according to attorney Ramona Farquharson-Seymour. Farquharson-Seymour was speaking specifically to the Osworth Rolle Jr. case where the Coroner’s […]

Law Reform Commissioner consults with PLP on the proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Reform Commissioner, Justice Anita Allen, consults with the Opposition PLP on the proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill that is currently out for stakeholder consultation. Justice Allen is pictured second from left and the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, is seated across from Justice Allen in the light […]

PLP: NSA audit report investigation would be ‘tainted by political bias’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On the heels of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis revealing earlier this week that the commissioner of police is expected to investigate the findings of a recent audit report into the National Sports Authority (NSA), the opposition Progressive Liberal Party expressed on Tuesday that such an investigation would not be free from […]

PM instructs police to investigate Sports Authority report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Authorities will investigate the findings of a recent audit into the National Sports Authority, which among other damning revelations, found that a consultancy firm was paid $1.19 million for work that was reportedly never done. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis made the announcement to the media at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort […]

Prison officer on remand for drug charges

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A correctional officer was brought before the magistrate court on Friday morning on drug-related charges. According to the prosecution, Bernard Hinsey was caught allegedly attempting to smuggle a quantity of suspected marijuana into the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS). Authorities allege that the incident occurred on April 3, 2019. According to […]

45 foreign nationals apprehended in joint operation

Rights Bahamas calls on Immigration to cease roadblocks and arbitrary detention NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 45 foreign nationals were arrested on Friday, April 5, 2019 during ‘Operation Western Sweep’ – a joint operation of the Department of Immigration, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. A statement released from the […]