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Attorney General Carl Bethel.

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We need people to get our words down, says Bethel

THE government is considering hiring new staff in their bid to resolve the long-standing issue of the lack of stenographers in the Magistrate’s Court, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.In an interview with The Tribune, Mr Bethel said he is

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Bahamas listing escape awaits FATF 'action plan'

The Bahamas will not be considered for removal from a 12-strong list of nations with weaknesses in their anti-financial crime defenses until it completes its “action plan” by this September.Carl Bethel QC, the attorney general, told Tribune Business

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Bethel: PLP fostering racial divisions and fear

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday slammed members of the Official Opposition for their position on the divisive amendments to the Immigration Act, accusing them of seeking to block all meaningful progress by the government.

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AG hoping FOIA will be introduced next year

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel says it’s unlikely the Freedom of Information Act will be fully enacted this year. In fact he told radio hosts of the Morning Blend talk show yesterday the government was hoping for a timeline of early May 2020.

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Web shop hold-outs on ‘shaky ground’

The Attorney General yesterday warned the web shop industry’s tax hold-outs they are on “very shaky ground” in failing to comply with the settlement agreed with the Government.

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AG ‘reach out’ over web shop tax snafu

The attorney general will “reach out” to Wayne Munroe QC today to find out why his web shop clients are not paying the taxes agreed under the government’s settlement with the industry.

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AG awaits report on fatal cop shooting

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said his office is awaiting a report about an unlawful killing ruling at the Coroner’s Court last week to decide what happens next.

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WE’RE JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT CLEARER: Bethel defends proposed changes to Immigration law

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said yesterday the government’s proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill is seeking to establish greater certainty and fairness in its handling of nationality cases.

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Govt 'has strategy' to oppose EU 'high risk' decision

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said the government has a strategy to oppose the European Union’s decision to classify the Bahamas as a "high risk" jurisdiction for financial crime.

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EU’s ‘high risk’ list: We must soldier on

THE Attorney General yesterday said The Bahamas must "ride out the storm and soldier on" after the European Union (EU) branded it a "high risk" jurisdiction for financial crime.

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Bethel defends AG office promotions

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday defended recent promotions in his office as “transparent and defensible” as disgruntled senior attorneys consider launching a judicial review over the process.

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Bethel ready to take web shops to court

IF webshop operators were to proceed with their legal fight against the government over the sliding scale taxes imposed on the sector last year, Attorney General Carl Bethel said the government's legal team is "ready to go".

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Bethel: There’s no rush for us to pass NPO Bill

THE stalled Non-Profit Organisations Bill 2018 is under no immediate pressure for passage, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel, who yesterday revealed the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) doesn’t call for a full implementation until September 2019.

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AG: We’ll listen but bill will go ahead

THE Senate delayed debate yesterday on the Non-Profit Organisations Bill to allow for the review and possible incorporation of suggestions from civil society, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel.

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Dames hits out at ‘off base’ AG

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames slammed criticisms levelled by Attorney General Carl Bethel over the Defence Force’s handling of a recent plane crash as “absolutely off-base”.

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AG criticises Defence Force plane crash response

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel criticised the response of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to the recent plane crash suggesting the tragedy may not have been “properly” investigated because of how quickly the initial search was called off.

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Govt denies move on abortion law

THERE are no plans to make abortion legal in The Bahamas, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday in response to questions over claims made by a senior health official at the 71st Session of the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva last week.

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AG: Prosecutions rise 40-fold over money laundering

The Bahamas will have resolved “99.9 percent” of the remaining weaknesses in its anti-financial crime defences by year-end, with money laundering prosecutions having increased 40-fold.Carl Bethel QC, the Attorney General, yesterday told Tribune Busin

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JUST OLD DEBTS: Bethel insists money to contractor Ash ‘all above board’

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel confirmed instalment payments from the government are still being made to “whistleblower” Jonathan Ash for a debt the Minnis administration found on the books upon taking office.

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Marital rape bill delayed until next year, says AG

ANY changes to the country’s Sexual Offences Act in consideration of calls to criminalise marital rape are off the table until next year as the government prioritises more pressing legislative matters, Attorney General Carl Bethel told The Tribune ye

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AG’s lawyers walk away over strategy

HIGH-profile attorneys on the government’s legal team have severed ties with the Office of the Attorney General due to a difference of legal opinion on which strategy to take in its rebuttal to legal action filed over the removal of shanty towns.

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Govt recruits lawyers to fight shanty town action

THE government has hired a team of high-powered lawyers to fight the legal action meant to stop the Minnis administration’s eradication of shanty towns, Attorney General Carl Bethel said.The legal team is led by Harvey Tynes, QC, to assume carriage o

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AG: Coroner's Court ruling that police officer unlawfully killed man 'up in the air'

THE Coroner's Court ruling this week that a police officer unlawfully killed a man in 2013 is “up in the air”, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.

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NO GOING BACK: Bethel rejects Smith plea to postpone demolition deadline

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday rejected an appeal for the government to stall shanty town evictions pending looming court action from a group of 200 residents.

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‘Who holds the future - London or ourselves?’

 BAHAMIANS will have to decide whether they want a group of judges in London to determine their future or if they want to have control over it themselves, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday as public debate on capital punishment has reignited.

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Bethel: Don't speculate, wait for the investigation

ALL necessary steps are being taken to ensure the deadly Exuma boat accident is thoroughly investigated with the government set to use the “highest technologies” to determine the cause of the onboard explosion, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yeste

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Door left open for reconciliation

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel has defended the firings of two parliamentary secretaries and one board chairman this week by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, however he insisted “reconciliation” remains the focus.

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‘Vote no to budget and lose your govt post’

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel has warned senators and elected officials who have been appointed to government posts that they must vote for the 2018-2019 budget in its entirety or resign their positions.

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‘We’ll tackle any illegal web shops’

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday warned that any illegality in the gaming industry will be “vigorously addressed” by the government as he moved to address recent statements by gaming house operators that appeared to resonate as a threat of moving “underground” to escape impending tax increases.

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'Differences' delayed Marco's law implementation

DIFFERENCES between the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of National Security prevented the full implementation of the Sexual Offences Act under the Christie administration, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel.He told The Tribune

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Constitutional limits prove a challenge for evacuation bill

WITH as many as seven hurricanes expected in the region this summer, Attorney General Carl Bethel said the mandatory evacuation bill Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis promised last year is still in draft form and “difficult to craft because of constitu

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Lawyers must act as financial institutions

UNDER the updated Financial Transactions Reporting Act (FTRA) lawyers will be treated as “financial institutions”, Attorney General Carl Bethel told the Bahamas Bar Association yesterday.During his speech, Mr Bethel reiterated that in an evaluation t

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Bethel insists govt broke no laws in Oban deal

THE Minnis administration has broken no laws with the Oban Energies project, Attorney General Carl Bethel stressed yesterday after another cabinet minister suggested otherwise.During a recent appearance on Our TV’s “On the Record” programme, Educatio

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One step closer to two-term PM

PUBLIC consultation on bills establishing term limits for prime ministers and fixed dates for election will begin before the end of the year, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.

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