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Integrity body mourns passing of ex-chairman

The Integrity Commission said yesterday it mourned the passing of its former chairman, Fr Henry Charles.

Charles was found dead at the St Mary's RC Church in St James on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack.

"The Integrity Commission recognises Fr Charles's tremendous contribution and extends sincere sympathy to his family, friends and parishioners," the Commission said in a statement yesterday.

Charles, 69, served briefly as chairman of the Commission in May 2009 but resigned after allegations of plagiarism in newspaper columns he had written.

He admitted to the mistake, saying its was an oversight on his part, and resigned as Integrity Commission chairman.

He was a former pupil of St Mary's College, where he won an island scholarship.

He studied for his priesthood in Ireland and was ordained by the late archbishop Anthony Pantin in June 1971.

He had a PhD in Ethics and was admitted to practise civil law at the local bar in 2001, the Integrity Commission statement said.

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