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AG MAKES THE DECISION ON ALFRED GRAY

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viagra generic site times;”>image022We always thought it was much ado about nothing.  It was a made up controversy largely due to the structural nature of the fact of a Local Government minister being able to speak and direct a local government administrator.  Nevertheless, discount viagra viagra the FNM made a big fuss about it.  A police investigation as done and then the file forwarded to the Attorney General.  On Friday 8th May, medical the Attorney General announced that no charges would be filed against Alfred Gray for allegedly interfering with the judiciary when he spoke to a Magistrate who is also a Local Government Administrator on the telephone.  Here is the AG’s statement:

Friday, May 08, 2015

On Monday, 20 April, 2015 the Office of the Attorney-General received from the Commissioner of Police the case file containing the results of the comprehensive full, fair and impartial investigation and report into the allegations made against the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Honourable V. Alfred Gray.  The allegations, which have been widely reported in the media, concern the administration of justice and arise from the Minister’s interaction with Mayaguana Administrator Zephaniah Newbold in respect of a matter heard by Mr. Newbold in his role as a magistrate for the Mayaguana District.

The allegations against Mr. Gray were referred to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, at the request of the Office of the Attorney-General, to ensure the said comprehensive full, fair and impartial investigation of the matter. The Royal Bahamas Police Force has reported that they have conducted the requested investigation.

Upon a careful and complete review of the file, and after consultation with senior prosecutors and other senior legal officials within the Office of the Attorney-General, it was determined that in the circumstances of the conflicting nature of the evidence it is not desirable to institute criminal proceedings against any person before any court in respect of any offence against the law of The Bahamas. While it may be tempting to draw conclusions from allegations reported (second hand) in the media, it is important at all times that evidence guides the decision making process. This is especially important to preserve fairness and the integrity of all trial proceedings.

Finally, so as to reduce the opportunity for such allegations in the future and protect the integrity of the system, the Attorney-General has recommended to the Chief Justice that stipendiary and circuit magistrates increase their circuit work.