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Supreme Court extends injunction barring removal of JLP caretaker

Published:Tuesday | January 27, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Supreme Court has extended the injunction which bars the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) from taking steps to replace North West St Ann caretaker Othneil Lawrence.

Lawrence has filed an application challenging attempts to have him removed as caretaker.

JLP Leader Andrew Holness and General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, are respondents.

The court case has been put on hold as the parties have agreed to work out a possible settlement agreement.

Former JLP chairman, Mike Henry, has been elected by the parties to lead the negotiations.

Both sides are to return to court in April and at that time they are to indicate to the court the way forward.

Lawrence is accusing the JLP Leader and General Secretary of flouting the party's constitution by attempting to remove him without a vote by the delegates.

He is also claiming that he is being victimised because of his support for Audley Shaw in the leadership race against Holness last year.

Lawrence was reportedly among a number of losing candidates from the 2011 general election who were summoned to the JLP's Belmont Road headquarters a few weeks ago and given the boot.

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