ST JOHN’S, Antigua – An opposition politician, already on trial for battery on a police officer, has been slapped with 28 more serious charges.
Late yesterday, the police charged George Wehner with threatening to kill Prime Minister Gaston Browne and others featured in a video; and with intimidation of the 14 people in it.
The widely-condemned video shows high-ranking members of the ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), including the Prime Minister, in the cross-hairs of a sniper rifle mixed with sights and sounds of gunfire on a battlefield.
Wehner is a member of the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP).
The former army general has taken responsibility for the video but denies making it.
He was charged five months after Prime Minister Browne condemned the production of the video in parliament, calling it an act of terror.
The charges came the same day that Wehner’s trial for a battery on Constable Marvin Cuffy, in an unrelated incident, was ongoing in the magistrate’s court.
It has been adjourned until July 24, 2017.