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Lightbourne's secretary to testify at Manatt

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2011 | 3:04 PM

A secretary for Justice Minister, Dorothy Lightbourne, is to be called as a witness at the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry to provide clarification about an email she allegedly sent on Lightbourne’s behalf.



The email sent by Verna McGaw to solicitor general Douglas Leys and copied to attorney Harold Brady was entered into evidence yesterday and contradicts several statements made to the commission by the Justice Minister.



Lightbourne has maintained that she does not recall asking the secretary to send the email on her behalf.



Given the dispute surrounding the document, the commission has decided to call McGaw as a witness.



This decision later caused conflict among lawyers after JLP attorney Frank Phipps pointed out that McGaw was employed to the commission.



It’s expected that she could be called to give testimony on Monday, as the Commission is scheduled to hear evidence from Prime Minister Bruce Golding tomorrow.