PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, says he is appalled by the recent attack on the Supreme Court and its Judges by Hon. Guy Joseph, Parliamentary Representative for Castries South East.
At a recent United Workers Party public meeting held on the Morne Fortune Lay-By, during Guy Joseph’s address to his audience in Kwéyòl, he said this (the English version follows):
“So I want to tell the lawyers something and I want to tell the judges something. You all heard a case in May. It have six months you all have not given a verdict. They say you not saying anything when you in court. That is nonsense, and if the judge want me to talk to him, I can talk to him, and I can take him on when I want. Because you cannot tell me you all was in a hurry to make the case, you all rented hotel to make the case because the court house was closed.
“You all rented Bay Gardens to make the case. When my lawyer comes down and he presented the case and in one day they heard the whole case and it have six months you all cannot give the verdict.”
According to Prime Minister Anthony, “Guy Joseph is clearly referring to his appeal from the High Court to uphold the decision of the Boundaries Commission to appoint Anthony Astaphan SC as its legal counsel in the Boundaries Case. This is an unprovoked attack on the independence and integrity of the Judges of the Court of Appeal and President of the Court who sat on the case. This is also a sinister attempt for whatever reason to drag the Judges into the political arena by dishonestly imputing improper motives to them. This attack by a former Minister of the Crown and current Member of the Parliament is unprecedented. It is unquestionably an insidious and political assault on the Court, and must be condemned.”
Dr. Anthony added, “This is so serious that I will request my attorneys in the Boundaries matter to refer the comments to the Court at the soonest.”