One of the jurors in the Donville Inniss trial was dismissed for emergency reasons.
The trial got underway an hour late in the United States Eastern District Court in New York this morning.
Federal District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, who is hearing the case, announced juror No. 16 had been dismissed and replaced by juror No. 11.
There are 12 jurors and three alternates, comprising a mixed panel.
Inniss, a former government minister, is charged with attempting to launder US$36 000 through the United States financial system.
When he arrived this morning, he was accompanied by his wife Gail, former attorney general Adriel Brathwaite and a member of his legal team.
Former Speaker of the House Michael Carrington, who is also an attorney, and one of Inniss’ brothers arrived around 11 a.m. (MB)