U.S. businessman Tony Soave flew former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and others to Bermuda on a private jet in 2006, the former mayor’s bodyguard testified in a U.S. Court yesterday [Sept 24].
The Detroit News reported that Detroit Police Commander Duane Love testified about the trips as prosecutors tried to illustrate bribes given to Mr Kilpatrick as part of his corruption trial that just got underway.
The police officer, who worked on Mr Kilpatrick’s security detail, testified about a 2006 trip he took with Mr Kilpatrick to Bermuda. He told the Court the trip was a ‘thank you’ present to people who helped with his re-election, and the group flew on Mr Soave’s private jet.
Mr Kilpatrick — who already spent 14 months in prison in a case related to a scandal that forced him from office in 2008 – is on trial on charges including racketeering, conspiracy, extortion and bribery. He faces more than 10 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
The former Mayor of Detroit also came to Bermuda in 2007 for the Bermuda Music Festival.
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