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Judge sides with Robinson on bankruptcy

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2013

An application brought by elector Manley Bowen to declare North East St Ann Member of Parliament (MP) Shahine Robinson bankrupt has been struck out by Supreme Court judge Leighton Pusey.

Pusey upheld legal arguments by Robinson's lawyers Ransford Braham and Nesta Claire Smith that the bankruptcy proceedings against her were an abuse of the process of the court.

Bowen had served Robinson a bankruptcy notice in December last year because she has not yet paid the legal costs of $15.3 million arising from the dual-citizenship case he had brought against her after the 2007 general election.

If Robinson was declared bankrupt, she could not sit in Parliament.

In the meantime, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has issued a statement expressing satisfaction with yesterday's outcome.

JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang said the party was always confident of the victory in the matter and was happy the judge had vindicated its position.

Yesterday, Pusey put off Robinson's application for a stay of execution of the debt. The application is to be heard on March 8 by Justice Lennox Campbell.

Pusey said he did not feel comfortable hearing the application since Campbell had heard Robinson's appeal contending that the amount awarded for legal costs was excessive.

Campbell heard the appeal last year and has reserved his decision.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com