(BVI News) A Florida High Court judge has agreed to move the start date for the drug and money laundering trial for the former Premier of the Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahie, who was meant to stand trial in mid-July.
Fahie, 52, is charged with one count of conspiracy to import a controlled substance, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and attempted money laundering. This is in addition to a subsequent charge of Interstate and Foreign Travel in Aid of Racketeering that was added in early November last year.
Fahie filed a third unopposed motion through his attorney, Theresa Van Vliet, last week requesting to have his trial moved to a date past November 1. In his motion, Fahie cited various new developments as well as the court’s refusal to disclose the identity of a confidential source as reasons for the requested delay.
Van Vliet told the court that there was insufficient time to file motions, permit the prosecution’s response and any reply, and give the Court time to consider the matter or have an evidentiary hearing ahead of the previously slated July 17 trial date.
In a paperless order issued last Friday, Judge Kathleen Williams agreed that Fahie’s jury trial will now be held before her Miami Division Court on January 8, 2024, at 9 am.