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Symbiote lawyer says gov't made mature decision in granting cellular licence

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2016 | 9:41 AM

The attorney for Symbiote Investments Limited, Patrick Bailey, has described the government’s decision to go ahead with granting a cellular licence to the company as mature.

Yesterday Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced in the House of Representatives that cabinet will grant the licence to Symbiote despite the Contractor General’s recommendation not to do so.

A report by the Office of The contractor General (OCG) had said there were adverse findings relating to one of the company’s directors.

The OCG also said the adverse findings were the subject of a 2009 probe.

However, Symbiote's attorney had rejected the OCG’s report stating that there were several questionable findings that could have easily been clarified by documents that were already in the possession of the regulators.

When asked yesterday about the latest development, Bailey insisted none of the OCG’s claims against his client were credible in the first place.

Bailey added that the granting of the licence will facilitate greater competition in Jamaica's telecommunications sector.

In announcing the approval yesterday, Holness said the non-issuance of the licence would be in violation of the principles of natural justice.