Criminal complaints filed against St. Vincent PM and three Ministers

 

A CMC report stated that NDP senator, Vynette Frederick, has brought two complaints against Gonsalves and another two against Minister of Health Cecil McKie, who defeated her in West St George.

Nigel Stevenson, who won in South Leeward, has brought two complaints against former area representative Sen. Douglas Slater, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

NDP chairman, Dr. Linton Lewis has brought four complaints against Minister of Housing Clayton Burgin, who defeated him in East St George.

Chief Magistrate Sonia Young has summoned Burgin, Slater and McKie to appear in court on Friday 14th January to answer the charges.

Lead counsel for the NDP, Kay Bacchus Browne, said that she does not agree with the chief magistrate for not issuing the summons against Gonsalves.

“There can be no reason for distinction between the one she issued and did not issue and therefore we are going to take appropriate action in court to challenge her refusal,” Bacchus-Browne said.

“These are private criminal complaints under the Representation of the People’s Act, which, if proven, will disqualify the persons we complained about for five years from even voting or from being a Member of Parliament,” she added.

“They are also very serious complaints and the evidence we have is quite firm,” she said.

However, Bacchus-Browne noted that the Director of Public Prosecutions Colin Williams has the power to take over prosecution of the cases filed and discontinue them.

She added that if the DPP intervenes and dismisses the cases she would appeal.

 

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