By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
MELVIN Maycock Jr, who like 13 other men are awaiting the conclusion of his extradition case before the courts, was granted the removal of his electronic monitoring device as a part of his condition for bail.
The son of convicted drug dealer, Melvin Maycock Sr, applied for a bail-variation to Senior Justice Jon Isaacs yesterday in Supreme Court.
He had previously been granted a $30,000 bond with two suretors, three-days-per week reporting conditions and the added stipulation that his movements be electronically monitored.
His lawyer, Roger Gomez II, made the appeal on behalf of his client which, The Tribune understands, was not objected to by the court.
In May 2013, then Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell ruled that there was sufficient evidence for the men to answer with respect to allegations by the US government in 2004, when the extradition requests were made, of their involvement in a multi-national drug smuggling organisation.
However, Maycock Sr, his son, Melvin Jr, Trevor Roberts, Gordon Newbold, Sheldon Moore, Devroy Moss, Shanto Curry, Lynden and Brenden Deal, Torry and Larran Lockhart, Wilfred Ferguson, Derek Rigby and Carl Culmer have since appealed the magistrate’s ruling with a habeas corpus application to the Supreme Court.
The appeal to the Privy Council on the legality of the Listening Devices Act (LDA), was lodged by Newbold, Curry, Moore, Roberts, Moss and Maycock Sr and was heard in February this year.
In April, the London-based Privy Council ruled that the extradition case should go back to the Magistrates Court to allow the appellants to “seek to investigate further during the extradition proceedings, whether the limits of the authorisations were observed.”
“The consequences, if it proves that they were not, are not dealt with by the LDA” the court’s ruling noted, adding that they were a matter of general law.