By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
BRITISH Queen's Counsel Peter Knox is expected to continue his submissions on Wednesday afternoon in Supreme Court as the government’s counsel in a winding up petition against Baha Mar.
In a hearing this morning before Justice Ian Winder, Mr Knox was in defence mode after Baha Mar’s legal team of fellow QCs, James Corbett and Maurice Glinton, sought to challenge the Attorney General's jurisdiction in bringing the petition against a number of Baha Mar affiliated companies.
Mr Knox said the government was not seeking to wind up the multi-billion dollar resort today but merely to have provisional liquidators appointed who will make arraignments between the parties to speed up the resort’s completion.
Wayne Munroe, QC, who appears for the government’s petition to have outstanding gaming taxes returned, defended Mr Knox’s submissions that the government’s counsel should be heard first before Baha Mar’s application to strike out was made.
Justice Winder went on to rule that Mr Knox will give submissions first on whether the government’s petition is valid before giving the floor to Messrs Corbett and Glinton on the point they raised.
Mr Knox said the important questions for the court to consider are: whether the respondents (Baha Mar) are insolvent? Do the petitioners have legal standing as creditors? Were there just and equitable grounds for the petition? Should provisional liquidators be appointed? And who will be the provisional liquidators?
The hearing continues. Further details in The Tribune on Thursday