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Trucker charged with threatening Health Minister

The president of the Bermuda General Truckers Association was yesterday charged in Magistrates’ Court with threatening Health Minister Zane DeSilva.

Richard John Foggo, 51, of Hamilton Parish, pleaded not guilty to one count of using threatening words and one count of threatening behaviour towards Mr DeSilva.

The incident is understood to have taken place on Tuesday in the car park of the Cabinet Office, with police called to the scene at around 3.20pm.

Asked about the confrontation, Mr DeSilva told

The Royal Gazette he could not say what the confrontation was about.

He said that the individual who threatened him was “pretty aggressive” and he felt his safety was threatened.

In court yesterday Mr Foggo asked if he could explain why he was on the Cabinet grounds that day. Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said he would have the opportunity during his October 7 trial.

“Today is not an appropriate time to hear the facts of this matter,” Mr Warner said.

Mr Warner released Mr Foggo on $2,000 bail with a like surety under the condition that he in no way interferes with Mr DeSilva.

Mr Foggo made headlines last year after he claimed he was wrongly arrested for telling then Deputy Premier Paula Cox, to resign.

Ms Cox was running to replace Ewart Brown as Premier at the time.

Mr Foggo said he had a one-on-one meeting with Ms Cox last September 15 and attended a public meeting where she was giving a presentation that evening.

He said Police arrested him after he stood up to speak.

He was given a psychiatric evaluation and held in a cell overnight before being questioned about remarks made during his meeting with Ms Cox.

The trucker said he did not mean any harm and had no intention to cause any violence.

He was later released and no charges were filed.

Richard John Foggo pleaded not guilty to one charge of using threatening words and one count of threatening behaviour towards Zane DeSilva in an incident on Tuesday.

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Published August 05, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 05, 2011 at 9:24 am)

Trucker charged with threatening Health Minister

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