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Hanna's lawyers say OCG report without foundation

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 5:14 PM
St Ann South East MP Lisa Hanna

Lawyers representing St Ann South East Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna have dismissed the allegations against their client contained in a contractor general report, released yesterday.

According to the lawyers, the allegations have no foundation and they say will fight to defend the unblemished character of their client.

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has recommended that the Director of Public Prosecutions pursue criminal investigations against a number of persons in relation to the award of contracts in the St Ann South East constituency held by Hanna.

Harrison has also recommended an investigation into whether Hanna’s recommendations for the award of contracts to 12 contractors affiliated with the People’s National Party gives rise to a conflict of interest.

In a release to the media, the law firm Knight, Junor and Samuels said preliminary reading of the contractor general’s report shows no criminal culpability on the part of its client or anyone else involved.

The lawyers say the 53 contracts over five years were valued at $13.3 million, some of them for as low as $50,000 each.

They say if the contractor general is contending that these should have been put to tender, then the issues complained of would be applicable to every constituency and municipal council islandwide.

The lawyers also say it’s ridiculous for the contractor general to expect that every constituent, except those affiliated with the MP’s party, should benefit from a work programme.

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