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Jun 21, 2017

“Yellowman” not allowed to attend Senate Special Select Committee Hearings

He remains Sergeant-At-Arms or Mace Bearer of the House of Representatives. But while the Senate Committee is meeting, Clerk of the National Assembly Eddie Webster announced today, Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett is disallowed from attending its sessions. Writing to the various chiefs of news media houses attending and broadcasting the hearings, Webster stated that the Committee discussed the matter at its May thirty-first session and decided, “the gross misconduct and unacceptable behaviour of Mr. Brian Audinett at the National Assembly…was viewed as a serious matter that should not be tolerated.” On May seventeenth, Audinett threatened and verbally and physically assaulted Dennis Ellis, camera man for Channel Seven, and Cirilo Choco, camera man for PLUS TV of Belmopan, in the public gallery after he and several spectators disrupted the ongoing public hearing. This was during the questioning of former Minister of State Elvin Penner, causing the hearing to be briefly suspended. Shortly thereafter, Audinett encountered KREM Radio/Television editor and reporter Marisol Amaya on the second floor of the Assembly. There he had a verbal altercation with her, ending with his grabbing her cell phone and threatening to throw it on the floor, forcing police intervention. A majority of members of the National Assembly Staff Committee chaired by House Speaker Laura Longsworth voted to reprimand him both in person and by letter rather than terminate his employment, and he was ordered to personally apologize by telephone call to Ellis, Choco and Amaya. The Clerk assures that the National Assembly is taking certain steps to avoid future incidents. It should be noted that Chairman Salazar was not a part of the meeting of the National Assembly Staff Committee (NASC) and he as Chairman of the Senate Special Select Committee was not made aware of the decision of the NASC. The Committee had already agreed to ban Audinett as of May thirty-first and had so communicated to Amaya, who asked that it be put in writing which the Committee has now done.

 

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