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Opposition 'concerned' about revelations involving Sydney Bartley

Published:Monday | March 10, 2014 | 2:08 PM

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party says it views as disturbing information revealed about the status of Sydney Bartley as Permanent Secretary at the Youth and Culture Ministry.

Bartley has gone to court in an attempt to block efforts to force his early retirement after allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled against him.

However, based on an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, Youth Minister Lisa Hanna has argued that he cannot continue in the ministry given the trust and integrity implications.

Last month Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange tabled questions in parliament on Bartley’s status.

And she says she is now even more concerned.

Actions were taken against Bartley following notification from the Children’s Advocate of a complaint against Bartley.

Bartley has asked the court for a declaration that Hanna and chief personnel officer in the Office of the Services Commission, Dr Lois Parkes acted in excess of their power when they sent him on pre-retirement leave.

Bartley also asked the court for judicial review to quash a stop order which he said was placed on him at the nation's ports.

According to Bartley, Hanna failed to give him an opportunity to respond to the grounds on which his premature retirement was being sought.


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