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Nov 28, 2002

Conch case adjourned again

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The case of the undersized conchs continues to make haste slowly as it winds its way through the legal system. Today the case in Magistrate’s Court was once again adjourned, this time until January twenty-seventh. A deadline of December twentieth has been set, however, for the prosecution to disclose all its evidence to the defendant, Northern Fishermen Cooperative Society Limited. On October twenty-fourth fisheries officers raided the co-op’s processing plant and found one thousand, six hundred and sixty-four undersized conchs awaiting processing. The minimum fine upon conviction is twenty dollars per illegal conch or a total of over thirty-three thousand dollars. The trial is presided over by Magistrate Earl Jones.

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