Archer charged with death threat against minister
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: May 08, 2013
Former political hopeful Omar Archer was yesterday charged with making death threats against Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell and a police officer.
Archer, 41, was also charged with one count of intentional libel when he appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell.
He is accused of publishing defamatory statements against Bell on May 2.
It is alleged that Archer unlawfully threatened Bell’s life on that same date.
Archer is accused of unlawfully threatening the life of Corporal 405 Adrian Miller on May 3.
Archer pleaded not guilty to the charges after electing trial in the magistrate’s court.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Vinette Graham-Allen strongly objected to Archer receiving bail considering the seriousness of the allegations.
She said the prosecution is prepared to proceed with the case as soon as possible.
Attorney Philip Hilton, who appeared for Archer, said he has no previous convictions, has a family and is well known in the community.
Graham-Allen said, “The threats are very serious.
“You have a law enforcement officer who was threatened to be killed and a minister of the government.
“The atmosphere of which we operate is no secret where witnesses are threatened with death.
“If law and order is to be maintained and you have people going around threatening law enforcement officers, I don’t know what is going to happen [with] the law and order in this country.”
Despite the objection, the magistrate granted Archer $15,000 bail with two sureties and under strict stipulations.
Bethell warned Archer that if further allegations of threats of death are brought to the court’s attention, she would not hesitate to revoke his bail.
The matter was adjourned to June 3, 2013.