Six months after he was charged for alleged misconduct in public office, former Minister of Finance Winston Jordan will finally see the start of his trial, as his case has now been assigned to a new Magistrate.
The Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and Senior Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs had both recused themselves from hearing the case.
The Chief Magistrate had recused herself because of the presence of one of her colleagues who is a former Magistrate on Mr. Jordan’s legal team. Magistrate Isaacs had indicated that some of her relatives are known to Mr. Jordan.
The case has now been transferred to the Court of Magistrate Leron Daly and is expected to begin soon.
The charge against Jordan is in relation to the sale of wharf facilities to the BK Marine company by the former Government.
As the then Finance Minister, Jordan was required to sign the vesting order for the sale which had an agreement reached under the previous PPP Civic government.
Mr. Jordan has always declared his innocence and has accused the current government of coming up with a trumped-up charge in an effort to silence his regular criticism of the government’s handling of the economy since it took office.