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Aug 6, 2013

Leader of Opposition respects ruling of CCJ

Francis Fonseca

Prime Minister Dean Barrow has lashed out at the previous P.U.P. administration following a ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice. The CCJ struck down a settlement agreement signed by the former prime minister and attorney-general, stating that they should have taken it to parliament for approval.  P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca is one of the men who signed that agreement, and he told News Five that he respects the ruling of the court. Fonseca says that while the decision that was made can be questioned, there was no corruption involved and his integrity is intact.

 

Francis Fonseca, PUP Leader

“We could have chosen two paths. One was litigation, which as it has turned out has become endless litigation or we could have pursued a negotiated settlement. The government at the time decided to pursue a negotiated settlement. Now people can in a very fair way criticize the decisions that were taken. I think it is fair for people to look back at those decisions and say well. It is not a decision that I would have made or there should have been a better exercise of judgment on the part of the government of the day…the Prime Minister, myself. So I understand that and I respect that. I think that is fair criticism. But what is absolutely clear and a very important point that I want to make is that there is no question about any corruption in this matter…absolutely no question of corruption. Even our loudest critics and certainly my loudest critics on this matter cannot point to any corruption in this matter. They can point out that there were bad decisions made, they can question those decisions and they can question our judgment in the matter but there is absolutely no evidence of corruption in this matter. I think that’s fundamentally important point. I think one of the most import points, and the court has its harshest criticism of the fact that the matter was not taken to parliament and that, I accept completely. That was not a decision for me to make. So we understand that and we respect that and that is an important lesson that we have to learn from this judgment.”

 

Sources tell News Five that the recent CCJ case is not the end of the matter, and that the dispute which gave rise to the settlement will now be litigated. 

 

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2 Responses for “Leader of Opposition respects ruling of CCJ”

  1. Initiate says:

    Interesting!!!

  2. Checo says:

    Boy, if he still cannot see what’s wrong with the things they did and own up to it, .. . .. . ..

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