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More controversy surrounding the members of the PSC

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2007 | 6:25 PM

There is a new twist this afternoon in the controversy surrounding the members of the Public Service Commission (PSC).



The Governor General Professor Sir Kenneth Hall has written to them advising that they have been fired with effect from last night.



The dismissals came only hours before the court granted an injunction barring the Prime Minister from recommending that the Governor General fire the PSC members for misbehaving.



Yesterday afternoon the Office of the Governor General issued a release denying that the members of the PSC were dismissed. But hours later the PSC members received letters advising that they had been fired.



The majority of the PSC members received their letters today, while the attorneys representing the Opposition Leader were filing for an injunction to bar the Prime Minister from recommending their dismissals.



Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels said up to 11:40 today when the Supreme Court granted the injunction there was no indication that the PSC members were fired.

Mr. Samuels also stated that the lawyers representing the Opposition Leader are now reviewing the series of events to prepare for the court hearing on January 10 2008.



Yesterday, the Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller filed for the injunction to bar the Prime Minister from recommending that the Governor General dismiss the PSC members. She wants the injunction to remain in force until the PSC is offered a fair hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal into the allegations of misbehaviour.



The government and the PSC have been at odds since Professor Stephen Vasciannie was recommended to the post of Solicitor General.

It’s reported that the government favours former Deputy Solicitor General, Douglas Leys for the job.