Jamaica's shadow minister for ICT has stepped down from his post as a result of corruption allegations against him. Daryl Vaz of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) stepped down yesterday stating that he would take a leave of absence in the wake of charges of breaching Section 14 (2) of the Corruption Prevention Act.
"I have taken this principled position as it is not only the correct course of action but also I would like to distance and minimise the effect on my beloved party as this matter is strictly of a personal nature," the opposition MP for West Portland said. Vaz said he was confident he would be vindicated.
The corruption scandal involves an alleged intervention by the politician in a traffic violation by his friend. Vaz says he had no ill intent when he went to a police station and spoke to commanders about dropping a case against businessman Bruce Bicknell.
Senior Superintendent James Forbes and Bicknell appeared in court Wednesday alongside Vaz, where they were charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.