Travolta extortion trial may get fast-tracked

February 12th, 2009 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, February 12 (ANI): John Travoltas case involving an alleged 25-million-pound extortion attempt targeting the actor following the death of his 16-year-old son Jett may get fast-tracked.

The Hollywood heartthrob had informed the Bahamas police claiming blackmailers threatened to publish a photo of the teenager as he lay struggling for his life, and make false claims unless they were paid “millions of dollars”.

Cops had hauled in driver Tarino Lightbourne and charged him with conspiracy to commit extortion and attempted extortion.

Pleasant Bridgewater, an island attorney and lawmaker and Obie Wilchcombe, the islands ex-Minister of Tourism and a friend of the celebrity couple, had also faced probe for their alleged involvement.

And now, Bahamian prosecutors were said to be in the process of fast-tracking the case for trial before the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Nassau.

The prosecution allegedly held plans to present a voluntary bill of indictment to Magistrate Carolita Bethel, also in Nassau.

“It’’s a time-saving device. The full preliminary inquiry is like a trial,” People magazine quoted a source as saying.

The Supreme Court is usually booked up months in advance. But they will give it top priority. They could substitute out another case,” the source added. (ANI)

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