Gibson applies for court case dismissal

Former Cabinet Minister Shane Gibson made an application for a hearing to have the extortion charges against him dropped.

In the application, Gibson argued that impermissible witness training and coaching had taken place. He also argued that he would not be able to have a fair trial and called for the voluntary bill of indictment (VBI) filed in this case, be quashed among other things.

According to reports, the hearing has been scheduled for September 11-19 before Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs.

Last August, Gibson was accused of getting $610,000 in kickbacks from a private citizen, who had a multi-million-dollar contract with the ousted Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government.

Gibson was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit extortion, two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, 15 counts of extortion, 16 counts of bribery and one count of misconduct in public office.

In addition to the extortion charges, the misconduct in public office charge was dropped earlier this year.