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Tax commissioner rejects $12m pay off, wants back job

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 6:28 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

The lawyer for the Commissioner-General of Tax Administration Jamaica, Viralee Latibeaudiere, is now taking steps to bring contempt of court proceedings against the Public Service Commission and three senior government officials.

Attorney-at-Law Hugh Wildman says the Commission, the Finance Minister, the Financial Secretary, and the Attorney General have ignored a Supreme Court injunction barring the termination of Latibeaudiere.

The 14-day injunction was issued on Friday by Supreme Court judge Justice Lennox Campbell.

In the injunction, the court said the status quo should remain until the case is heard.

However, Wildman told The Gleaner/Power 106 News this afternoon that no step has been taken to reinstate the Tax Commissioner-General.

The attorney says he and his client were surprised on Monday when $12 million was deposited into Latibeaudiere's account by the finance ministry.

He explained that the figure was previously offered to Latibeaudiere by the ministry to buy out the remainder of her contract but it was rejected.

Wildman says effort is now being made to return the money and to head to court to get the government to comply with the Supreme Court ruling.

Latibeaudiere received a letter from the Solicitor General on July 18 advising that her contract would be terminated effective today.

However, she has objected to decision to remove her from the post.


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