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Thorne says Misick charges are ‘political persecution’

Providenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – The often comical theatrics of lead lawyer for Michael Misick were aimed at showing up the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team as being overzealous in their quest to ‘get Mike’ for alleged crimes of corruption.

QC, Ralph Thorne with his voice often rising in crescendo and with his tirade often eliciting warning from the Judge, rolled out what he called a heap of political charges for what his client believes is political persecution. He said the charge was a single one that the Brazilian court considered, but later the one alleged crime mounted to 17 counts as Misick, the former Premier, is accused of conspiring with all of the co-defendants, over a time frame of six and a half years, in the SIPT case.

“Masquerading itself as domestic lawful prosecution he called it…” all the while telling the judge that he not only has the power but the obligation to find that the charges have no basis in law and that the basis is politically motivated.

Proceedings continue at the Myrtle Rigby Health Complex today.

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