Lawyers representing head of Fellowship Tabernacle, Reverend Al Miller, yesterday asked the presiding judge in his trial to step down from the case causing it to be further delayed until February 16.
Miller was arrested and charged last June with perverting the course of justice and harbouring a fugitive after he was found in the company of formerly Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke who at the time was on the run from the security forces.
When the matter came up for trial yesterday in the Corporate Area Court before Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser, attorney Wentworth Charles made a submission for the case to be transferred to another court.
Charles said he would be challenging the validity of the warrant signed for Miller's arrest and as such thought it would be appropriate if the matter was heard by another judge, as RM Fraser was the magistrate who had signed the warrant.
But he made it clear that he was not seeking to have the magistrate remove herself from the matter on the basis that his client would not get a fair trial.
The magistrate, in her response, said she did not have an interest in the issue relating to the validity of the warrant but asked Charles to establish the basis on which she was being asked to recuse herself.
As a result, she instructed him to bring evidence to support his case on the next court date.