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Supreme Court rejects Symbiote applications, says company's court action premature

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2017 | 1:34 PM

The Supreme Court has rejected an application by Symbiote Investments Limited to quash steps by the government to revoke its mobile spectrum licence.

The licence, granted last year, gives approval for Symbiote which trades as Caricel, to provide telecommunication services.

But the Andrew Holness-led administration is being pressured to revoke the licence on the basis of so-called adverse traces involving George Neil, a player in Symbiote.

In handing down his ruling this afternoon, Supreme Court judge Leighton Pusey said the applications by Symbiote Investments Limited were premature.

He also denied Symbiote leave to seek judicial review.

On January 6, Justice Pusey reserved his decision after hearing three days of submissions from the lawyers for both parties.

The lawyers for Symbiote Investments, led by former Solicitor General Douglas Leys, wanted court orders that would bar the government’s attempt to revoke the licence.

Symbiote was challenging a letter from the Spectrum Management Authority advising of an investigation relating to the licence.

Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, feels that the probe will result in the revocation of the $2.7 billion licence signed by the Andrew Holness-led administration in September.

The Holness administration is being pressured to revoke the licence on the basis of so-called adverse traces involving George Neil, a player in Symbiote.