Court orders records be turned over to Frank Smith camp

Court orders records be turned over to Frank Smith camp
Frank Smith, centre, with his legal team.

A court order compelling that all documents pertaining to former senator Frank Smith’s bribery  and extortion case be turned over to the defense’s legal team has been issued.

The order, approved by Justice Gregory Hilton dated April 23, mandates that Smith’s lawyers receive “copies of any and all resolutions of the board of the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 approving of Magic Touch as the successful bidder for any and all contracts to clean the said Critical Care Block”.

The court order also directs Magic Touch Cleaning Company owner Barbara Hanna to surrender  personal and business financial records by May 7 as well as an “opinion” of the Attorney General’s Office, which was rendered to the PHA board.

The order comes three weeks before Smith and his legal team are set to go back to court for trial.

The case resumes on May 14 and 18.

Smith is accused of extorting $60,000 from Hanna after he allegedly assisted her in obtaining a contract to clean the Critical Care Unit of the Princess Margaret Hospital during his time as Chairman of the PHA.