No official word yet on when his visa hearing in the United States will be held, but Bermuda Real understands lawyer, Justin Williams, is reportedly set to appeal his extradition to face charges here in Bermuda.
This after an arrest warrant was formalized in in Bermuda to get him back on island across international borders.
Our sources confirmed that Mr Williams “is currently subject to a visa hearing” and that the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is liaising with US authorities “to seek his extradition”.
One source said this is all part of “a bureaucratic process”, which was not helped by the recent change in the US presidential administration.
“It is now in queue with no firm date set in the Palm Beach area of Miami,” the source said.
Williams was recently named, in his absence, in connection with four related charges; in Magistrates’ Court, in the case involving the former Commanding Officer of the Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR), Lieutenant Colonel David Curley, 53 on corruption charges.
He was charged with two other defendants – Gareath Adderley, the former Commissioner of St John Ambulance and Christopher Clarke, a former police inspector.
Justin Williams, who is still overseas, has yet to be formally indicted.
The Crown alleges that Colonel Curley, of Hamilton Parish, asked to be nominated for the Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour that would have allowed him to have Mr Williams appointed as legal adviser to the RBR.
Earlier this month, the court heard that Mr Williams allegedly procured a Medal of the Order of St John for Colonel Curley back in 2015, in exchange for a firearm.
He is also alleged with Mr Clarke and Mr Adderley, to have offered a bribe to Michael Mello in exchange for compounding an offence.
He was further charged with possession of firearm components without a valid licence between April 2017 and November 2019 and he allegedly failed to secure a shotgun kept at his Pembroke home between August 2018 and November 2019.
The case was set down for the April arraignment session with the three defendants who appeared in court released on $5,000 bail.
Colonel Curley – on January 20, 2016, being employed in the public service in the Royal Bermuda Regiment, and being charged with the performance of duties by virtue of such employment, corruptly asked for a nomination for the Queen’s Badge of Honour Medal on account of something to be done afterwards by himself in the discharge of his duties, namely arranging for Justin Williams to be appointed as Legal adviser to the Royal Bermuda Regiment.
Mr Williams – between July 15, 2015, and November 20, 2015, corruptly procured for Colonel Curley, a person who was employed in the public service, the Medal of the Order of St John on account of something to be done afterwards by Colonel Curley in the discharge of his duties with the Royal Bermuda Regiment, namely providing Mr Williams with firearms.
Mr Williams – between April 5, 2017, and November 9, 2019, did have possession of a firearm, namely component parts of prohibited weapons, without holding a valid license for that purpose.
Mr Williams – on an unknown date between August 1, 2018 and November 9, 2019, left a firearm, namely a Holland & Holland double barrelled shotgun, improperly secured at his home in Point Shares Road, Pembroke.
Mr Williams, Mr Clarke and Mr Adderley – between July 1, 2016, and May 17, 2017, did counsel or procure Michael Mello to agree to receive money for himself upon agreement or understanding that Mr Mello would compound an offence.