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Sandals Whitehouse matter to continue in court today

Published: Wednesday October 23, 2013 | 8:36 am Comments 0
The Sandals Whitehouse hotel in Westmoreland. - File
The Sandals Whitehouse hotel in Westmoreland. - File

The Judicial Review Court is to continue hearing legal arguments today on the motion brought by Gorstew Limited and hotelier Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart asking the court for an interpretation of the powers of the contractor general.

The claimants are challenging the powers of the contractor general to investigate the circumstances which led to the Government’s sale of the Sandals Whitehouse hotel to Gorstew Limited in early 2011.

The action was taken after the company received a notice from the Office of the Contractor General, last June, informing that an OCG investigation into the sale was continuing.

The OCG had raised concerns about the process observed in the divestment, pointing to possible irregularity and impropriety and urged the Prime Minister to halt the deal.

Yesterday, Queen’s Counsel Hugh Small, who is representing the claimants, submitted that the rule of law did not permit the contractor general to enquire into matters that Parliament had made provisions for in the Corruption Prevention Act.

The governments' share of the property was sold to Gorstew Limited for US$40 million.

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