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‘POLICE WHO BEAT ME MUST BE INVESTIGATED’: Man calls for officers to be held to account after trial thrown out

A MAN whose armed robbery trial was thrown out after a judge refused to accept the prosecution’s evidence of his confession, wants the officers who allegedly tortured him to be investigated and held accountable, saying it is not enough that the charges against him were dropped.

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Govt says amnesty is over for delinquent real property tax

PAYMENT plans and amnesty periods for people who owe substantial amounts of real property taxes are over, acting director of the Department of Inland Revenue Shunda Strachan said yesterday as her department prepares to execute its power of sale against scores of delinquent accounts.

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‘I don’t know how I got in this mess’

A WOMAN who accepted a plea deal in the criminal trial of Adrian Gibson and others said she was surprised when police charged her with fraud-related offences because she did not know how she “got in this mess”.

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‘Investigate $100k travel expense at by-election’

FREE National Movement leader Michael Pintard said the Davis administration misused public funds when $100,000 was spent to cover travel for Family Island trips that included events encouraging people to vote for the Progressive Liberal Party’s candidate in the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election.

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Family to pay $15k after man on bail disappears

TWO relatives of a man who fled the day after his murder trial began were ordered yesterday to pay his $15,000 bail bond, the latest instance of sureties being held accountable for the failure of accused people to follow their bail conditions.

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Bahamas Crisis Centre joins Ministry of Education in launching ‘Circles of Peace’ campaign

A CAMPAIGN was launched yesterday aimed at creating “circles of peace” in schools to teach students about kindness, respect and courage.

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Petroleum retailers continue to seek a 25 cent increase per gallon on margins

THE Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association continues to seek a 25 cent per gallon margin increase compared to the previously sought 30 cent increase, with hopes of meeting with Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis this weekend.

Caribbean leaders say Haitian prime minister agrees to hold long-awaited elections by mid-2025

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Caribbean leaders said late Wednesday that embattled Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to hold general elections by mid-2025 as the international community pushes to raise money for a foreign armed force to fight gang violenc there.

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FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyer asks judge to reject 100-year recommended sentence

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyer said Tuesday that a suggested 100-year prison sentence for the FTX founder by an arm of the court is "grotesque" and "barbaric" and at most a term of a few years behind bars is appropriate for cryptocurrency crimes that the California man still disputes.

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Demolition continuing at Abaco ‘Gaza’ Shanty town

MORE than 60 structures have been demolished at the Gaza shanty town in Abaco so far - with more expected to be destroyed, according to the Ministry of Works.

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Police urge men who are victims of domestic abuse to speak out

THE director of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s domestic unit is urging men who are being abused to speak out, saying many men are often also suffering in silence as victims of domestic violence.

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Mother believes son’s murder was retaliation for 2022 stabbing

THE mother of a teenager murdered in a double shooting believes his killing was retaliation for a stabbing at Anatol Rogers High School in 2022.

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WITNESS ‘DID NOT SIGN’ CONTRACTS: Cashier tells court signature on papers does not match hers

A KEY witness in the criminal trial of Adrian Gibson and five others claimed she never signed maintenance contracts awarded to a company of which she was a shareholder when court documents allegedly bearing her signature were shown to her in court yesterday.

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35 Haitian migrants found hidden in a boat near Arawak Cay

NEARLY three dozen Haitian migrants were apprehended by police yesterday after they were found hidden inside a boat near Arawak Cay.

Forest fire in Abaco destroys house and threatens nearby farmland

A BUSH fire in Abaco has destroyed one structure and may threaten farmland in South Abaco, according to Cherokee Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s chief.