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Sep 7, 2021

Attorney says Charge against Former Minister Will Never Stand in Court

The charge of “willful oppression” for which the former Minister of Works is wanted by police is a charge some say they have never heard of before.  Today, attorney Dickie Bradley shared with News Five that in his view it is also a charge that can never stand against a former government minister in a court of law.  The attorney explained to us that willful oppression is simply the wrong charge brought against the former minister because that charge is specifically for jurors, and public officers, but not public officials.


On the Phone: Dickie Bradley, Attorney-at-law

“If the charge is that section under the law, I think it’s Section three eighty nine or Section three ninety, any charge against anybody saying that a public officer or a member of a jury, those do not apply to Mister Montero or the former Minister because he is not and never was a public officer during the period in question. And he was not a juror – meaning he was a member of a jury sitting on a case. Those are specific charges for specific persons in specific circumstances.  That’s a waste of time. That wa get throw out the first time he appear da court.”


Marion Ali

“What would have been the appropriate charge to bring against him, being a former Minister who allegedly abused his authority?”


On the Phone: Dickie Bradley

“I would have to go and look and see what is the allegation that they are saying, that he abused vehicles and heavy equipment that belonged to the public, noh. Some kinda conversion or using things under some guise of something else, I don’t know. In the civil law, he can be sued in court for malfeasance in office or misfeasance in office, abusing his office, abusing his office and causing the Government or the public to lose the use of those equipment to the tune of ex amount of dollars. But that specific charge specifically against the former minister, that can’t hold up in court.”


Bradley said the charge, which was also laid against one George Andrews, can only stand against that person if he was a public officer, whether open vote or employed by the Public Services Commission.   

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