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TCI: Lead Attorney Wants British Government to Fund Persistent SIPT Trial

Patrick Peterkin, Junior attorney in the case with Oliver Smith

#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2021 – After 12 years of going to court to fight against two charges of money laundering, Lisa Hall was finally exonerated when the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ruled that there was simply not enough evidence to continue a case against her.

In a press conference attended by Mrs. Hall and her legal team lead attorney Oliver Smith of Skippings Law, Smith insisted that enough was enough and if the SIPT trial were to go on, the British government should fund it.

“We stand with our colleagues. We stand very strong and very firm with our colleagues. We have, I believe seven defendants left to go to trial. We believe that enough is enough. We believe that the country has spent enough funds to lodge this trial. We believe that if the British government thinks it’s fit to continue with the trial, that they should assist the funding of this trial. It is not a burden that should be left on this country alone especially in this time of this pandemic and the result and negative effects that it has had on the economy, people losing their jobs, monies could be spent in better ways. To me it’s a waste of resources going forward,” he said.

According to Smith, the Special Investigation and Prosecution Trial went on for far too long and consumed 12 years of Mrs Hall’s life to a point where she saw her daughter complete high school and complete university while being weighed down by the trial.

“We have these guys who their liberties have been taken away for the past 10 years. They’ve had to go to court, some of them are unemployed, some of them are unemployable based on the stench of this case and whatever point that the British government wants to make and whatever point the prosecutors and attorneys are wanting to make, we believe that it is enough. We believe that it has been made and it is time for a reconsideration,” he continued.

The seven defendants left to go to trial are Michael Misick, Chalmers Misick, McAllister Hanchell, Jeffrey Hall, Floyd Hall, Melbourne Wilson and Clayton Green.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions crafted a new trial after the passing of the trial’s judge and jury Justice Paul Harrison.

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