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Lawyer Justin Williams detained in Miami

Detained in Miami: Justin Williams (File photograph)

A high-profile lawyer wanted for questioning by the Bermuda Police Service is expected to face extradition proceedings to the island after he was arrested in the United States.

Justin Williams, whose Pembroke home was raided by police in November last year, was yesterday in custody at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Miami, Florida.

The lawyer, who said last year he had gone to the US for professional development reasons, was being held at the Krome North Service Processing Centre.

The move came after Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said last year that the BPS wanted to speak to Mr Williams in connection with allegations of the “suspected supply of drugs and inappropriate behaviour towards minors”.

He added officers, in a separate investigation, also wanted to quiz Mr Williams about the acquisition of weapons from the Royal Bermuda Regiment.

The purchase of regiment weapons was also said to have involved Lieutenant-Colonel David Curley, a former Commanding Officer of the RBR, who went on leave last year and has since been replaced by Lieutenant-Colonel Ben Beasley.

Colonel Curley is not linked to the other allegations against Mr Williams and no charges have been brought against either man.

Mr Williams has denied any wrongdoing and said in January the investigation was “an absurd witch-hunt”.

He also told the Gazette: “I can say that any firearms present in my residence would be lawful under the Firearms Act or properly registered under the same legislation.

“As for any allegations of corruption or matters involving vulnerable persons, I categorically deny any wrongdoing whatsoever.”

Last night, Mr Corbishley said Bermuda police were aware Mr Williams was in custody.

He added: “We are working to secure his return to Bermuda in regards to matters under investigation.”