Canover Watson's bail renewed

Canover Watson, former chairman of the Health Services Authority, appeared in Grand Court on Monday, when his bail was renewed until Feb. 6. 

Charges against Mr. Watson include six for money laundering and relate to a period between December 2010 and June 2012. The alleged sum involved is US$169,000. 

When Watson first appeared in Grand Court on Nov. 28, defense attorney Ben Tonner had asked for the Dec. 22 date in order to apply to have the charges dismissed. However, on Monday, he accepted that was an unrealistic time frame for everyone concerned. 

He therefore asked Justice Charles Quin to vacate the date for the dismissal application and list the matter for mention again in February. He indicated that the application for dismissal might take place then. 

Mr. Tonner also requested March 27 as a plea and direction hearing, and a trial date “if we need it” for May 25. He estimated a trial, if it took place, would last three weeks.  

The defendant, who faces 10 charges in all, was not asked to enter pleas. Crown Counsel Toyin Salako asked that if Mr. Tonner proceeds with the application to have charges dismissed, that he forward skeleton arguments to the Crown by Jan. 23. 

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