Bernard Wiltshire

Bernard Wiltshire sued the state for unlawful detention

A court ruled on Tuesday that the detention of former attorney general, Bernard Wiltshire, in 2011 was lawful.

Wiltshire was detained in an alleged passport scam and was subsequently released without being charged.

He then sued the state and the police on the basis of false imprisonment and arrest.

But Justice Errol Thomas ruled that based on the circumstances, the police were not wrong in detaining Wiltshire.

Thomas pointed out that as an experienced attorney Wiltshire should have exercised  restraint.

He now has to pay court cost of $7,000.

Wiltshire was arrested in June 2011 for his alleged involvement in what police described as an alleged passport scam.

He was released about ten hours later without being charged.

He subsequently told DNO that he had been treated unjustly and very “unfairly” and his lawsuit was aimed at preventing such acts by the police, who he suggested, abused their power.

He said the police focused on him signing one passport form for an individual, while other lawyers are said to have signed over 40 such forms for suspects in the alleged scam, but had not been targeted.

Wiltshire was arrested again on January 30, 2012 for, according to the police, “conspiring with persons unknown to sell a Dominican passport”.

The outspoken attorney told DNO on the day of the arrest that the charge was bogus and was being imposed by a corrupt regime.

He said he was informed by one police officer that the person with whom he is alleged to have conspired, admitted to the police that he doesn’t even know Bernard Wiltshire.