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JAMAICA | James Forbes freed of corruption charge

Former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) James Forbes Former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) James Forbes
KINGSTON, Jamaica —February 26, 2021 Former head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Community Safety and Security Branch, James Forbes on Wednesday had his 2014 conviction and sentence for corruption thrown out by the Court of Appeal.

Forbes, who was a senior superintendent of police at the time, had been accused of destroying a case file prepared against Tankweld boss, Bruce Bicknell, who was accused of offering a bribe to a policeman to dispense of a traffic ticket for speeding. Forbes was fined $800,000 or six months in prison after he was convicted for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Bicknell was later freed of the charge.

Portland Western Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz was charged jointly with them, but he was also freed.

The court of appeal, in apologising profusely for the lateness in handing down the decision, said the $800,000 which Forbes was fined by a magistrate in the St Andrew Parish Court should be refunded to him “forthwith”. The matter was appealed in 2018.

Forbes, who is now chief of corporate security for the ATL/Sandals Group, said he was elated about the decision and  was not surprised about decision.” “I believe in the justice system, the way it is structured, that when one sector fails there are other sectors that will correct that ” Forbes said.

 

Prior to his arrest and charge Forbes had been recommended for promotion to the rank of assistant commissioner of police.

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