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Supreme Court blocks tabling of OCG report

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 3:28 AM

The Supreme Court has blocked today’s expected tabling of a report by the contractor general in relation to the construction of buildings by Hanover Western Member of Parliament Ian Hayles without approval from the Hanover Parish Council.

Lawyers for Hayles made an ex parte application in the Supreme Court yesterday for leave to apply for Judicial review in relation to the report.

The lawyers are challenging what they claim were the methods used by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) to gather material used to compile the report.

However, the matter was not fully ventilated as it was held that since the OCG had already tabled the report, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate should be added to the legal process.

The parties are to return to court next Monday.

The report allegedly raises questions of conflict of interest, irregularity and impropriety with regard to the construction of buildings by Hayles.

Meanwhile, the Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, has described questions tabled by Hayles in Parliament last Thursday as inflammatory.

In his questions, Hayles wants to know if Prime Minister Andrew Holness was aware that the contractor general has sought the assistance of a foreign government to investigate Jamaicans.

The Hanover Western MP is also seeking to ascertain whether the law allows the contractor general to intercept telephone conversations, email and facebook accounts of citizens of Jamaica without first obtaining approval from the Supreme Court.

The questions are scheduled to be answered by Holness in less than three weeks.