Date set for Shab Don bribery trial

Date set for Shab Don bribery trial

The bribery trial against dancehall producer ShabDon is set to begin on November 28. The trial date was set on Tuesday morning when the matter was mentioned in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Shab Don, whose given name is Linval Thompson Jr, is accused of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act, following his arrest last October. Prosecutors alleged that he offered $2 million to a cop to remove an illegal firearm from his grey Mercedes-Benz motor car before it was searched by investigators.

The police had intercepted a vehicle in which Thompson and his then co-accused, Romario Scott were travelling. The vehicle was seized and when searched the firearm was found.

The gun was reportedly stolen from the Atlanta Police Department in the United States in 2018.

Shab Don and Scott were subsequently charged. The dancehall producer was, however, freed of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition charges after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

Scott was sentenced to six years and a month for illegal possession of firearm and four years and a month for illegal possession of ammunition.

As it relates to the bribery case, allegations are that Shab Don was inside the Criminal Investigations Office at a police station in the company of the complainant, a policeman, when he allegedly offered $2 million to remove an object from his motor vehicle before it was to be searched by experts.

The complainant reportedly declined the alleged offer and subsequently informed his supervisors of the offer.

 There were no eyewitnesses to the alleged attempt by Thompson to corrupt the process.

Shab Don did not appear in court Tuesday morning as he is currently in custody after being charged with three counts of murder in Montego Bay, St James.

-Tiffany Taylor | Star Writer

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