Convicted firearms examiner denied bail again

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Posted: Saturday, July 15th, 2017. 11:46 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  Convicted firearms examiner, Orlando Vera, who was arrested for offering American Michael Modiri to lose supposed evidence against him in exchange for a bribe, has been denied bail for a fourth time by the Supreme Court.

Vera is serving a two-year prison term for the charge of ‘abetment to pervert the course of justice’. His attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, filed the application in Supreme Court yesterday but Justice Herbert Lord denied it.

The case has been delayed because the full record of the case has yet to be sent from the Magistracy to the Supreme Court. Justice Lord said that the record was almost complete and that Vera would not have to wait much longer for his case to start.

Sylvestre then made an application for Justice Lord to recuse himself from the case, citing Vera’s belief that he would be given a fair trial. Vera complained that Justice Lord has not been strict in enforcing the court ordered start dates for his appeal.

Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, however, argued that Vera had no grounds on which to make the application because he could not prove any example of bias against him.

Justice Lord adjourned the case until next Friday when both sides will present submissions of the laws of recusals.

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