Opposition members face charges for ‘illegal protest’

Former Prime Minister and UWP President Edison James, leader of the opposition Hector John, deputy leader Claudius Sanford, Ezekiel Bazil and Norris Charles all appeared before the Roseau Magistrate’s Court on Monday of charges relating to a demonstration held by the party, last year.


The opposition members appeared before Magistrate Evelina Baptiste where they all pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the demonstration held on high street on November 29th, 2010.


They all pleaded not guilty to three separate charges including organizing a demonstration without the permission of the commissioner of police, abetting the demonstration and procession without the permission of the police commissioner.


Attorneys for the opposition members, David Bruney and Gildon Richards, submitted an application for the withdrawal of the charges.


Prosecutor Claude Weekes denied the application for withdrawal.


The police have been ordered by the court to make complete disclosure of its evidence to the court and defense team before July 30th, 2011.


The trial date is set for November 11th, 2011.

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