Fahie requests later trial date

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Less than three weeks after the United States added a new charge against former Premier Andrew Fahie, his Florida lawyer asked on Monday to bump his January trial forward at least four months to give him more time to prepare.

The trial of Mr. Fahie, former BVI Ports Authority Managing Director Oleanvine Maynard, and her son Kadeem Maynard on drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracy charges initially was scheduled to begin on July 18, but it was shifted to January after the defendants’ attorneys previously asked for more preparation time. On Nov. 9, however, the government obtained a superseding in dictment that added a new count against Mr. Fahie and Ms. Maynard: “interstate and foreign travel in aid of racketeering.”

In part because of this new charge, Mr. Fahie now needs additional time to prepare, his Florida attorney, Theresa Van Vliet, wrote in a Monday filing with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She also cited the prosecution’s delays in processing recordings included in the evidence against Mr. Fahie and his co-defendants.

“The government is still in the process of transcribing the voluminous audio recordings in this matter,” Ms. Van Vliet wrote, adding that on Oct. 25 US attorney Shane Butland told her he anticipated that the government would complete its draft transcriptions by Nov. 30.

“While the government has been providing initial drafts of transcripts since that time, they are not yet complete or even final drafts. It is unlikely that the process will be completed by the end of November.” The defence attorney also stated that prosecutors have not disclosed information regarding a confidential source they are using in the case.

On Oct. 13, she wrote, she requested such information, “including but not limited to verification of the identity of the source.” However, the US government declined on Oct. 26, Ms. Van Vliet stated. Because of the “refusal to confirm, or refute, the identity of the confidential source,” the attorney wrote, she now needs to submit the matter to the court, and she was anticipating doing so immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ms. Van Vliet added that she also anticipates filing “subsequent substantive motions with constitutional underpinnings upon verification of the confidential informant’s identity The defence lawyer pledged not to identify the informant in any public filing.

Indictments

Under the original grand jury indictment filed on May 10, the three defendants were accused of conspiracy to import a controlled substance, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and attempted money laundering. The Nov. 9 superseding indictment included the original charges as well as the additional count against Mr. Fahie and Ms. Maynard, who pleaded not guilty when they were arraigned on Nov. 16 and 17, respectively.

The superseding indictment did not add any new charges against Mr. Maynard, but he was nevertheless arraigned again on Nov. 16 for the original charges, and he again pleaded not guilty, according to court records. Mr. Fahie is currently on house arrest at his daughters’ rented Florida apartment, and the Maynards remain in custody pending trial.

Attorneys for the Maynards did not object to Mr. Fahie’s Monday request to reschedule the trial, according to Ms. Van Vliet.

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