Senate President maintains Malahoo Forte’s suspension is warranted
President of the Senate, Floyd Morris, continues to maintain that opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte’s conduct in the Senate warranted her suspension from the Upper House.
Morris insists she acted in a contemptuous manner.
He suspended her after she did not furnish a letter supporting her claims that the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council had expressed an interest in travelling to Jamaica to hear cases.
Malahoo Forte made the claim in the Upper House last week Thursday during her contribution to the three bills related to replacing the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Speaking on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106FM this morning, Senator Morris said he acted within his right as Senate President when he suspended Malahoo Forte and he sees no reason to apologise.
He also dismissed claims from the opposition bench that she was suspended in breach of natural justice.
There has been a call for opposition Senators to say away from the Upper House in protest of the action taken against Malahoo Forte and for an apology to be offered to her.
Meanwhile, Morris confirmed that Malahoo Forte has submitted a document to his office.
Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte reacts after being suspended from the Senate last week.
However, he said he has not yet read the contents of the document to determine if it is the letter at the centre of Malahoo Forte’s suspension from the Upper House.
Meanwhile, the Senate President says he will be hosting a press conference tomorrow on the matter.
He says he will be clearing up any misleading information.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, says he is anxious to see the contents of the letter, which he has dubbed a red herring.
At a press conference at Jamaica House he also raised doubts about assertions the Privy Council had stated its willingness to travel to Jamaica to hold sittings.
He has described the issues surrounding the matter as Lettergate.
In the meantime, minister with responsibility for information Sandrea Falconer is questioning Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte’s seeming reluctance to provide the letter.
According to her the senator appeared to prefer to risk suspension from the senate rather than produce the letter.