Bayer not guilty
THE prosecution case against businessman Thomas Bayer for complicity to bribery and corruption was ‘doomed to failure’, the Supreme Court has ruled this week.
Justice JP Geoghegan said he was satisfied that the evidence presented by the prosecution provided ‘no proper basis upon which a lawful conviction could be entered’.
He said that after looking at the prosecution case, he saw circumstantial evidence which, ‘perhaps gives rise to suspicion and speculation, particularly given the timing of the various events ...but falls far short of evidence which could provide a basis for a lawful conviction’.
The prosecution alleged that Mr Bayer, as a director of a company known as Pacific International Trust Company Ltd (PITCO), aided or procured an offence of bribery or corruption of a number of Members of Parliament.