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Lawyers begin Shahine Robinson legal cost case

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2011 | 7:13 PM

Barbara Gayle, Gleaner Writer

Lawyers representing Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, Shahine Robinson, today began submissions challenging the $15.3 million legal bill awarded against her at the end of her dual citizenship case.

Attorney-at-law, Garth McBean, argued that the award is too high and should be reduced.

The lawyer also challenged the $5 million, paid to Professor David Rowe, to get a legal opinion and to file a suit to get information about Robinson’s citizenship.

McBean argued that this information could have been obtained from other sources, such as the United States’ Homeland Security Department.

Attorney-at-law Abe Dabdoub, who is representing the former PNP representative Manley Bowen, is to respond to the arguments tomorrow when the case continues in the Supreme Court.

Bowen had filed an election petition against Robinson, challenging her eligibility to sit in the House of Representatives on the grounds of her U.S. citizenship.

She was subsequently ousted as MP by the court last year after she admitted that she was a U.S. citizen.

The court then ruled in Bowen’s favour, and ordered Robinson to pay $15.3 million in legal and indemnity costs.

However, the North East St. Ann MP said the legal bill is too high and wants an order for it to be reduced.