A case involving several members of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has been referred to parliament’s Committee of Privileges.
This was announced this morning in the House of Assembly following a short break in the morning session where the Appropriation Bill 2016 was being debated.
Following the approximately ten-minute break Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite pointed to an advertisement in the print media announcing a Saturday, Marcy 19 meeting at Westburn Shopping Plaza at the corner of Westbury Road and Baxters Road.
“This morning I was perusing one of our local publications, the Nation Newspaper, I came across an ad that states sir, ‘BLP public meeting. The truth must be told. Come and hear who misled the House of Assembly’, among other things, Mr Speaker.
“And I believe Sir, that a publication that suggest that honourable members would have misled this Chamber is contemptuous and I am now asking Sir, for this matter to be referred to the Committee of Privileges. I believe Sir, that the publication is contemptuous and it should be examined by this honourable Chamber. I am obliged,” declared Brathwaite.
After viewing a copy of the advertisement, Speaker of the House Michael Carrington recommended the matter to the select committee.
“I have looked at it and I have also looked at the reading and I think that a prima facie case has been made out and in keeping with the standing order I now rule that matter should be [brought] to the Committee of Privileges for further investigation,” Carrington ruled.
Opposition leader Mia Mottley and BLP parliamentarians Jeffrey Bostic, Cynthia Forde, Glyne Clarke, Dwight Sutherland, Edmund Hinkson, Santia Bradshaw, Trevor Prescod and Joseph Atherley appear in the newspaper notice. (MM)