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Kenred Dorsett Case Abandoned

More than four years after a former MP was charged with extorting $120,000 from a businessman, the government has abandoned the case.



NASSAU, BAHAMAS – More than four years after he was charged in the magistrate’s court with extorting $120,000 from businessman Jonathon Ash, Office of the Prime Minister Press Secretary Clint Watson announced the government has abandoned the prosecution of former Member of Parliament Kenred Dorsett.

Back in 2017, Dorsett was charged with four counts of extortion, four counts of bribery, and one count of misconduct in public office. However, prosecutors later decided to proceed with the bribery charge only.

The Former Minister was freed on $50,000 bail after he spent 48 hours in custody.

Dorsett was the first of three Progressive Liberal Party parliamentarians accused of misconduct.

Former Cabinet Minister Shane Gibson and former Public Hospitals Authority Chair Frank Smith were also charged but acquitted of the charges.

Ash was the key witness in both Smith’s and Dorsett’s cases.

Recently, Prime Minister Philip Davis was asked about Dorsett’s matter.

In the run-up to the 2017 General Election, former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis repeatedly vowed that corrupt members of the former Christie administration would be dealt with.

Back in 2017 other colleagues of Dorsett weighed in like Education Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin who cautioned the Minnis administration.