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Former Barbados minister convicted of money laundering, conspiracy in US

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Donville Inniss, a former Cabinet minister in Barbados, was found guilty of multiple criminal charges in the United States Eastern District Court in New York today, January 16.

Former Barbados government minister, Donville Inniss (Photo: Barbados Today)

Inniss, who served as Minister of Industry, International Business Commerce and Small Business Development, was convicted of three charges, two for money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

He was unanimously found guilty by the 12-member jury which took less than two hours to come to the decision.

The former Member of Parliament will remain on bail pending his sentence in February, according to a report by Barbados Today, which also reported that his attorney will appeal the verdict on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

Inniss arriving to court in New York. (Photo: Nation News/Winston Wharton Photos)

Inniss was charged and found guilty of taking bribes during his tenure as government minister. Insurance company ICBL reportedly paid him US$36,000 to guarantee the renewal of a contract with the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation.

Inniss then reportedly tried to conceal the funds through a number of transfers including a deposit to a New York dental company and then lodged in his account.

The trial began at the US district court on Monday, January 13.