For former General Manager of the Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board (ABTB), Harry Josiah, within the criminal justice system, when it rains, it pours.
For him the cases against him have not been all over as yet.
This news portal has been reliably informed that Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Joann Walsh has since filed an appeal in the “No Case Submission.”
It is to be heard by the Itinerant ‘OECS’ Appeals Court next sitting in Antigua and Barbuda.
Indicted on some 12 counts of Corruption in March 2015, having waited for some 7 agonizing years for trial some 7 years, the case came up for trial on 4th March 2022, before a lone judge, Justice Stanley John.
A contracted attorney, Andrew Okolo, represented and led the case for the prosecution, while Queen’s Counsel, Dane Hamilton Sr, represented the accused.
At the close of the case for the prosecution, he succeeded with the “No case Submission,” that saw his client walk free.
The trial judge appeared not to have been satisfied with the quality of evidence adduced by the prosecution. It was reported that the prosecution had not made out a prima facie case against Josiah.
Consequently, the Court upheld the submissions and dismissed the 12 counts against him.
The Crown’s prosecutor had already placed the Court on notice, that the prosecution will appeal the Court’s decision.
It was confirmed that a “Notice of Appeal” was submitted to the High Court of Justice on 21st March, 2022 and filed on 22nd March, 2022.’
It was also confirmed that the “Notice of Appeal” was served on the former General Manager on 29th March, 2022.