Opposition loses case against speaker of the house

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The Eastern Caribbean Supreme court of appeal laid down a verdict in an appeal matter involving six united workers party parliamentarians and the speaker of the house of assembly.

High Court Judge Justice Davidson Baptiste had ordered the parliamentarians to pay $204,000, after they lost a court battle against, the speaker of the house Alix Boyd-Knights, attorney general and the sergeant-at-arms in 2008.

the six UWP members are: Earl Williams, Edison James, Claudius Sanford, Norris Charles, Nicholls esprit and Ron green.

They later appealed judge batiste’s decision, for which a verdict was handed down on the morning of Wednesday 19th October 2011 via a teleconference at the high court in Roseau.

the entire matter stems from a decision by hon. Boyd-knights in 2007, which prohibited the six parliamentarians, from attending parliament for a duration of three months, because they opposed her ruling, to avoid a question by UWP senator Nicholls esprit on the order paper, to prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit, at a January 2007 sitting of the house of assembly.

On Wednesday October 19th, the court of appeal reduced the $204,000 fine to $40,000.

meanwhile, the court also ruled that hon. Boyd-knights was within the constitution in her rulings in parliament at the time in question.

hon. Boyd-knights told media that she feels pleased that the court of appeal ruled that her actions in parliament were in agreement with the law.

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