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Ex-AG in Dominica cleared of corruption charges

July 22, 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — A former attorney general in Dominica was cleared Tuesday of longstanding charges of conspiring to fraudulently obtain and sell passports.

Dominica Magistrate Arley Gill dropped all charges against Bernard Wiltshire, who served as the Caribbean island’s attorney general from 2000 to 2002. The judge ruled that public prosecutors had failed to provide evidence since charges were brought in 2011.

For years, Wiltshire had denied the allegations and asserted he was being set up by political enemies. He has been an outspoken critic of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s administrations.

Wiltshire said he plans to file a civil lawsuit against the government to get “redress for the unjustified injury that has been done to my reputation, career and health.”

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