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US prosecutors move to block Merren appeal

Caymanian businessman Bryce Merren should have to continue serving his nine-year sentence in an american jail, according to US prosecutors.

Court documents show Mr. Merren is appealing to have his sentence reduced or vacated as his attorney had not visited him after his sentencing. As a result, he says he was not advised on how or when to appeal.

However, prosecutors have written the judge saying these grounds should not stand for several reasons, including that the businessman had waived his right to appeal when he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine in an operation set up in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Merren is currently detained in a facility in the state of Georgia.

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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