July 30, 2013
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THE Bahamas is now being thrown from the frying pan into the fire.
AN outspoken attorney has urged the government to enact nothing less than a “strong and powerful” Freedom of Information Act, as he called on the Minnis administration to do whatever is necessary to avoid presenting “toothless tiger” legislation to t
LAWYER Fred Smith, QC, said yesterday that former Attorney General Alfred Sears is not only the best man to lead the Progressive Liberal Party but also the best person to run the country.
MARCO City MP Greg Moss has come under fire from attorney Fred Smith and the president of the Bahamas Bar Association, Elsworth Johnson, for suggesting in the House of Assembly last week that Save the Bays (STB) engaged in “forum shopping” at the Supreme Court.
A well-known QC has backed calls to liberalise the Bar, telling Tribune Business: “Bahamianisation has been more of a curse than a blessing.”
I am a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due. I agree with the words of Dr Andre Rollins, that Fred Mitchell poses a “clear and present danger” to the continued development of democracy in The Bahamas.
ATTORNEY Fred Smith, QC, yesterday threatened to file a motion to hold Foreign Affairs minister Fred Mitchell in contempt of court over his statements against the injunction barring parliamentarians from disclosing confidential information of environmental group Save The Bays.
GRAND Bahama Human Rights Association President Fred Smith urged the Christie administration to enact a Human Rights Act, which would make it illegal and punishable by law to “malign and vilify” members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community because they choose to express their individuality.
LAWYER Fred Smith, QC, yesterday claimed that the constitutional backing for same-sex marriage has been available for decades as he criticised opponents of the upcoming gender equality referendum.
FRED Smith, QC, legal director of Save The Bays, said yesterday he was “disappointed” that House Speaker Dr Kendall Major “dismissed as contemptuous” an order handed down by Supreme Court Justice Indra Charles restraining members of Parliament from releasing any information contained in STB private emails.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday slammed Save The Bays Director Fred Smith for threatening to commit certain MPs to prison, warning the outspoken attorney that such actions are grounds for “contempt of Parliament” and that he “could find himself faced with imprisonment.”
A QUEEN’S counsel filed a civil suit for libel against Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday over the latter’s statement on a pending judicial review that implied that the high-profile lawyer was dishonest and a liar.
ATTORNEY Fred Smith, QC, yesterday questioned why police have not interviewed him or any other members of Save The Bays in reference to an alleged murder for hire plot.
ATTORNEY Fred Smith, QC, yesterday questioned why Prime Minister Perry Christie and Deputy Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis met with police over an investigation into an alleged “murder for hire” plot when “they had nothing to do” with the alleged scheme.
AN outspoken lawyer has slammed the government’s plan to take court action against delinquent borrowers in order to collect outstanding student loans, accusing the Christie administration of seeking to “make struggling students the scapegoat of its dysfunctional tax regimes”.
ATTORNEY Fred Smith has warned Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell not to “lay a finger” on the two Cubans authorities are searching for, more than a week after the men were released from prison for being held there unlawfully for nearly three years.
HUMAN rights activist Fred Smith, QC, said he sees no problem with Bahamians of Haitian descent organising to form political parties, insisting that the country is on its way to this group of society emerging as parliamentary leaders.
GRAND Bahama Human Rights Association President Fred Smith yesterday said Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell does not have the “power” under the Immigration and Education Acts to impose new immigration restrictions that require students of foreigners living in The Bahamas to have a school permit to attend classes.
LAWYER Fred Smith, QC, plans to file a $100,000 lawsuit against the government claiming illegal arrest, false detention and “abuse” of a man born in the Bahamas of Haitian descent.
YOU have to admire crusading lawyer Fred Smith for his chutzpah and energy in tackling regulatory and human rights abuses that would otherwise almost certainly go unchallenged.
HUMAN rights activist Fred Smith is calling on Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell to remember his “Human Rights days” and do his job in a lawful, organised and systematic way.
GRAND Bahama Human Rights Association President Fred Smith has written an open letter to Prime Minister Perry Christie, asking him to intervene with respect to Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell and his “increasingly drastic and extremist utterances”.
GRAND Bahama Human Rights Association President Fred Smith yesterday announced that his organisation will mount a constitutional challenge against any legislation that is passed in parliament concerning the new immigration policy.
A HUMAN rights group has renewed calls for the government to amend the Bahamas Constitution therefore making it illegal to discriminate against a person based on sexual orientation.
Sands Beer’s manufacturer has urged the Government to increase the ‘tax differential’ advantage it enjoys over Commonwealth Brewery by 100 per cent for a “guaranteed” 15-year period, having been “assured” the authorities will not force it to close down.
LAWYER Fred Smith yesterday apologised to Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson if “his public utterances conveyed the impression that she was personally victimising” him.
FREEPORT – Lawyer Fred Smith has challenged the PLP government to pass a Freedom of Information Act if it has nothing to hide regarding its dealings with billionaire Lyford Cay resident Peter Nygard.