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Mottley: An unfortunate moment

Mottley: An unfortunate moment
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley. (GP)

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Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley today said she hoped the sentencing of Donville Inniss would bring the “unfortunate episode closer to closure” so it can be put behind us.

Inniss, a former parliamentary representative and Government minister, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

That will be followed by a further 18 months of supervised release. He has until July 30 to surrender.

READ: Inniss sentenced to 24 months

“It is a sad day but we trust that this development today brings this unfortunate episode closer to closure.

“We live in an era where governance and where accountability matter. It is a lesson for all of us, whether elected or appointed,” Mottley said in a statement.

READ – AG Marshall comments on Inniss’ sentencing

“There must be a recognition that our commitment to serve people is a solemn one. We act not in our own interest but on behalf of others. What is the take away from this? That our duty and focus must always be to serve people – and in THEIR interest, not that of those of us who come to serve.

“It is truly an unfortunate moment. And I hope that we can soon put it behind us.”

Inniss appeared before United States Judge Kiyo Matsumoto of the Eastern District Court of New York.  (PR/SAT)

Editor’s Note: The initial report of 24 months supervised release was corrected to 18 months.