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Tavares-Finson says colleagues in shock after Senate injunction application

Published:Thursday | November 21, 2013 | 9:20 AM

Damion Mitchell, News Editor - Radio & Online

The Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate Tom Tavares-Finson says his Jamaica Labour Party colleagues in the Upper House are shocked by the court injunction filed against the party leader by former senator Arthur Williams.

Tavares-Finson made the comment in a statement last night hours before the matter is slated to be heard in the chambers of Justice Glen Brown.

In a release last evening Tom Tavares-Finson said his colleagues are also disappointed by the actions of Williams.

Williams has accused Holness of using strategy to secure his resignation from the Senate.

Williams now wants the court to declare as invalid, his undated resignation letter submitted to the Governor General by Holness.

Williams has explained that undated letters were written almost two years ago by the seven of eight Opposition senators who were appointed at the time.

According to Williams, the senators had also drafted cover letters permitting Holness to date and submit their resignation letters if they departed from the JLP’s position that there must be a referendum for the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice as Jamaica’s final appellate body.

However, Williams said Holness decided to submit the letters for other reasons.

After his victory in the recent leadership race, Holness asked all Opposition senators to resign.

Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton who had declared support for Audley Shaw refused to resign and so Holness decided to submit their undated resignation letters to the Governor General.

In a brief statement last night, Tavares-Finson said the letters on which Holness acted were the initiative of Williams.

He also said the Opposition Leader relied on the advice of Williams as an attorney-at-law and the chief of staff in the Office of the Opposition Leader at the time.  

Tavares-Finson has declined to say more on the matter, noting that it is now before the Court.

Meanwhile, the hearing into the application filed by Wiliams which also seeks to block the appointment of new Opposition senators is to get underway in the Supreme Court today.

The matter was postponed yesterday after Attorney-at-Law Georgia Gibson Henlin appeared on the instructions of Holness and requested time to prepare her case.

Justice Glen Brown is expected to hear the matter at 11 a.m.


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