AUDIO: I did not sell my soul for power, says Malahoo Forte
Opposition Senator, Marlene Malahoo Forte, this morning declared that she did not sell her soul on bills to replace the UK-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
She was responding to what she calls unprecedented scrutiny facing opposition senators over their role in the pre-signed, undated resignation letters involving opposition Leader Andrew Holness.
Jamaica's Court of Appeal has ruled that the use of the letters to hold the senators to the party's position was unconstitutional and contrary to public policy.
Senator Malahoo Forte declared in the Senate today that her conscience has not been influenced by the letters and neither was the CCJ vote a condition of her appointment to the Senate.
"I did not sell my soul for power", she said.
Meanwhile, Senator Malahoo Forte says the argument about access to the Privy Council is not immediately relevant if people cannot access the lower level courts.
She was making her contribution to the Senate debate on three bills to replace the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as Jamaica's final court of appeal.
According to Malahoo Forte work needs to be done to ensure that citizens are given greater access to lower courts.