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Bahamas: Brothers deny attacking prosecutor


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(CMC) –Attorney Ramona Farquharson-Seymour has accused the state of launching a “malicious prosecution” of her clients after two brothers will re-appear in court on February 18 charged with attacking a prosecutor attached to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) earlier this month.

The attack on Joel Seymour on January 5 was condemned Attorney General Carl Bethel, who said then “we find it very difficult to believe that we have a society where a prosecutor, who is only doing his job, can’t go to a takeaway establishment to order food without being attacked”.

Police charged Daltino Thurston, 30, and George Rahming 27, with wounding Seymour. They both pleaded not guilty when they appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux.

The two brothers also face obstruction of justice charges, which they both deny.

Rahming, 27, is accused of injuring Seymour and Thurston is accused of attempting to intimidate, and commit violence against Seymour for the same reason. The case has been adjourned to February 18.

But their attorney said the prosecution was engaged in conducting a “ruse” against her clients, and that the DPP may be prosecuting the matter because it would represent a conflict of interest.

She said her position was based on the principle that justice must not only be done, it must also be seen to be done.

She said that whenever there is a policeman involved in a shooting, none of the police prosecutors would get involved in the matter, but rather the attorneys from the Department of Public Prosecutions would prosecute the case.

But prosecutor Eucal Bonaby told the court that Gaskin, would be the one to make that call.

Media reports said that Seymour had gone to a food establishment when he was attacked by people associated with a murder case he had worked on in 2016.

Seymour was allegedly stabbed in the head but his injuries have been described as non-threatening.

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