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(Antigua Observer) The United Progressive Party (UPP) said a magistrate has vindicated three of its senior members following the dismissal of embezzlement, corruption, fraudulent conversion and larceny charges against Senator Harold Lovell, Dr Jacqui Quinn and Willmoth Daniel.

“Thank you Jesus,” were the words uttered by Dr Quinn after Magistrate Conliffe told the trio they were free of the four charges brought against them in 2016.

Smiles erupted from the party’s members and supporters as Magistrate Clarke ruled that the “evidence was scant to say the least”. He added that the prosecution had failed to make its case in areas to include criminal intent and the purposes for which the buses were being used after three of the Daewoo buses donated by the government of South Korea were registered at Transport Board in the names of the three defendants.

The magistrate also said it was difficult to identify a virtual complainant in the larceny case.

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