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Court sides with Shahine

Published: Wednesday February 6, 2013 | 5:48 pm Comments 0
Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann Shanine Robinson - File.
Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann Shanine Robinson - File.

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Justice Leighton Pusey today set aside the bankruptcy notice served on Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann Shanine Robinson in relation to the $15.3 million awarded to elector Manley Bowen.

Justice Pusey said the bankruptcy proceeding was an abuse of the process of the court and on that basis struck down the application.

Justice Pusey awarded legal costs to Robinson.

The execution of a stay of the debt has been set for hearing before Justice Lennox Campbell on March 8.

Robinson was ordered to pay the legal costs to Bowen who had brought an election petition against on the grounds that she had dual citizenship.

However the North East St. Ann MP is appealing the amount on the grounds that it excessive.

But if Robinson was declared bankrupt, she could not sit in the parliament.

Justice Pusey said he would not deal with that aspect of a stay of execution of the costs, since Justice Campbell had heard an appeal brought by the MP against the amount awarded to Bowen.

Justice Campbell has not yet handed down his decision.

Raymond Clough, one of the laywers representing Bowen, said that Justice Pusey has promised to give his written reason by the end of the week.

The attorney says the legal team will decide whether to file an appeal after studying the reasons.

Shanine was represented by Ransford Braham and Nesta Claire Smith-Hunter.

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