Donville Inniss found guilty on corruption charges in US Federal court
Former Barbados Minister of Commerce and Industry Donville Inniss has been found guilty on corruption charges in a United States federal court.
The jury in the New York court handed in this afternoon a verdict of guilty on all three counts. He was charged with two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Mr. Inniss was charged with attempting to launder US$36,000 through the United States financial system.
American prosecutors allege it was a bribe paid to him between 2015 and 2016 by the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) in exchange for helping the company secure insurance contracts.
During the trial this week the defence did not call any witnesses and Mr. Inniss did not take the stand.
Some present and former ICBL executives testified yesterday before the 12-member jury as prosecutor Gerald Moody led the case.
The former Barbados cabinet and rising star in the Democratic Labour Party now awaits to hear his sentence which could range from probation to a period of imprisonment.
His defence counsel says the verdict which was returned at 4:40 pm Barbados time, 3:40 pm New York Time was not surprising. He plans to appeal. Mr. Inniss remains on bail on the same conditions as previous.