(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -– High Court Judge, His Lordship Justice Eddy Ventose on Jan. 15, dismissed the case brought for Judicial Review by former Supervisor of Elections, Wingrove George, and awarded cost to the Government in the matter. Cost will be assessed if not agreed within 21 days.
In 2018, George brought an application for leave to seek Judicial Review of the decision of the Senior Magistrate to issue the warrants for his arrest, and the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute the matters. After hearing statements from both sides during a hearing on November 30, 2018, Justice Ventose reserved his judgment until January 15, 2019.
Justice Ventose’s judgement means that the interim injunction, by which George’s bail and conditions were suspended, have been reinstated. He has been ordered to once again surrender his passport.
George’s trial for misconduct in public office will continue before the Magistrate.
George was arrested and charged on December 15, 2017 with two felony counts of misconduct in public office. He subsequently was granted $50,000 bail– set at $25,000 on each count – with two sureties. His bail conditions include the surrender of all travel documents.
The charges stem from George’s behaviour surrounding the General Elections of Monday, February 16, 2015, when he unexplainably halted the voting count and did not declare the results of the election until two days later.