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November 9, 2012
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Al Miller's trial date set for March

The case involving popular clergyman Al Miller, who has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, was yesterday set for trial on March 5, 2013, in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Miller was charged in June 2010 after Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was found in his company along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine.

At that time, Coke, the former Tivoli Gardens strongman, was a fugitive.

Miller reported that Coke was being taken to the United States Embassy.

The trial should have started on Wednesday but was put off as the court heard that Miller recently retained Queen's Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown.

Last year, Resident Magistrate (RM) Georgiana Fraser was asked to recuse herself from the case on the grounds that she was the person who signed the warrant of arrest for Coke in 2010.

It was also argued that Fraser had presided at the proceedings when Coke waived his right to an extradition hearing.

However, the RM refused to step down and Miller took the matter to the Judicial Review Court.

In July, Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith threw out that motion saying no connection was established among Coke the RM and the matters relating to Coke, which would prejudice the case.

Miller is also being represented by attorney-at-law Leslie Campbell.

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