DPP office given one-week to respond to Nelson’s appeal

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DPP office given one-week to respond to Nelson’s appeal

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has been given a one-week extension to respond to an appeal request from King’s Counsel Vincent Nelson.

Nelson’s attorneys wrote to the DPP back in March to appeal his conviction and corresponding sentence for his role in an alleged legal fee kickback scheme with former attorney general Anand Ramlogan, SC, and Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen.

A Guardian Media report states that the DPP’s Office was scheduled to respond to Nelson’s request last week but requested an extension, which was approved by his attorneys Edward Fitzgerald, KC, and Varun Debideen.

Nelson, a Jamaican born attorney and resident in the UK, was indicted in May 2019 on three charges of conspiring to commit money laundering, misbehaviour in public office and conspiracy to commit an act of corruption.

The misbehaviour charge was discontinued after he entered a plea deal with the DPP’s Office. Sentenced in 2020, he was ordered to pay a $2.2M fine.