The Police Prosecution in the matter involving Guyanese Journalist Rawle Nelson – who was charged with two counts of stealing EC$15,394.28, by reason of employment, forgery and uttering a forged document on April 20th 2014 has until Monday 23rd to respond to a request made to the St. George’s Magistrate Court for the accused to be granted permission to travel abroad for medical reasons.
Following his arrest, Nelson retained Attorney-at-Law Derek Sylvester to represent him.
Sylvester was successful in securing bail for Nelson in the sum of $100,000 with two sureties on the grounds that he is Claustrophobic and suffers from chronic diabetes.
The journalist was also required to surrender all travel documents, national and otherwise and told that he should not leave the jurisdiction without the permission of the court.
One of the Police Prosecutors in the matter was unavoidably absent during Tuesday’s sitting of the court and the other requested that the matter be adjourned to a later date.
However, in light of the urgency of his client’s medical dilemma, Sylvester argued that the matter against Nelson has been adjourned on one too many occasions and called for it to be struck off the Court’s list or that his client be granted permission to travel abroad for medical reasons” and that “his passport be returned to him forthwith.”
Sylvester told the siting Magistrate that the court should also “take into consideration that the accused is not a Grenadian national and is suffering.”
“An adjournment would be more strenuous at this time“, he added, noting that Nelson is currently in and out of the hospital as a result of his illnesses and that the situation is so severe that his client’s foot could be amputated if not given the appropriate medical attention.
He also said that Nelson, who has been “unemployed for over a year” currently “has no source of income and is living practically at the generosity of the Grenadian public.”
Nelson used Tuesday’s Court sitting to express his frustration and pointed out that he is very sick and needs to seek medical attention overseas as soon as possible.
The Prosecutor did not budge on the handing over of the passport and instead requested time to respond to the lawyer’s submission.
Magistrate Tahira Gellineau obliged.
Nelson began working as a consultant and managing editor with Moving Target Ltd., the Company that owns Meaningful Television and is also the publisher of the weekly Grenada Informer newspaper, in July 2013.
The Guyanese national who allegedly worked in St Kitts and Antigua is also the owner of a marketing company in Grenada called Optimum Solutions.
It is alleged that the case brought against him relates to dealings involving Optimum Solutions and Moving Target.
Information on whether the company is still functioning has not been forthcoming.