April 9, 2015
Former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson.
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ALLYSON Maynard Gibson, a former attorney general, has joined the world of blogging, hoping to spark intelligent discussions about national affairs.
FORMER Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson offered her condolences Thursday on the death of retired Supreme Court Justice Ricardo Marques. Mr Justice Marques died on Thursday.
THE potential exists for politicians to violate the personal privacy of Bahamians under the Minnis administration’s Interception of Communication Bill, former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said Sunday as she encouraged Bahamians to pay clos
FORMER Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson remembered Dr Bernard Nottage as a loyal friend, colleague and mentor yesterday.
FORMER Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said if she were to have any regrets over the previous Government’s handling of Baha Mar, it is that there was not “stronger” or “more regular” communication regarding the process.
THE Office of the Attorney General released its 2014-2017 report of its activities and initiatives Friday, revealing steady improvement in its functioning across several metrics.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson remained tightlipped yesterday when asked about the government’s pledge to have the sealed Supreme Court documents on the Baha Mar sale made public this month, saying “April is not over yet.”
DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis and Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson focused on Baha Mar’s long-promised opening on Friday morning rather than address the controversy surrounding Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald.
THE release of the sealed Supreme Court Baha Mar documents will take place this month, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson assured yesterday, although it is uncertain whether the documents will be made public before the government’s self-imposed deadline.
WITH the dissolution of Parliament imminent, the Christie administration’s Interceptions of Communications Bill will not be debated and passed this term. However, officials hope ongoing consultations with stakeholders will help the legislation to pass during Parliament’s next sitting, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday.
THE Christie administration is “fully on track” to honouring its commitment to push for the release of the sealed Supreme Court Baha Mar documents before the scheduled April soft opening of the beleaguered West Bay Street mega resort, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday.
FOLLOWING Dame Joan Sawyer’s suggestion that there were no grounds present to seal in court the new deal to open Baha Mar, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said she is “deeply concerned” about people “who know better” undermining the integrity of the judiciary and called on right-thinking people to “cease and desist” these public pronouncements.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday defended the independence of the judiciary and underscored the resources allocated by the government for their protection, in the face of allegations that a former member of Parliament was involved in efforts to intimidate a Supreme Court judge.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said that while the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) will be debated in the Senate on Monday and passed by Thursday, she is unsure what will happen to the legislation should there be a change of government at the election.
WE MARCH Bahamas has called off a planned protest on Wednesday afternoon against the Interceptions of Communications Bill after an announcement on Tuesday night by the Attorney General of a "period of public consultation" before the legislation is implemented.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday defended the Interception of Communications Bill as an important anti-crime tool that would enhance the privacy of law-abiding citizens rather than encroach upon it, as detractors claim.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney alleged yesterday that some government officials interfere with the course of justice by “making calls” to have bail granted to people who are accused of serious crimes.
THE release of the sealed Supreme Court Baha Mar documents is “most definitely” expected before the opening of the $3.5bn West Bay Street mega resort, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday.
AFTER months of fierce scrutiny levelled at the government over the sealing of documents related to the new deal to open Baha Mar, Prime Minister Perry Christie told reporters yesterday that Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson has been directed to have the records made public at the “earliest opportunity”.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday dismissed rumours that her family has a business interest in the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson confirmed yesterday that officials have undertaken a review of data systems at the Registrar General's Department following the leak of 1.3 million files from the corporate registry.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has defended the Attorney General’s decision not to issue a no prosecution direction to the court, effectively stopping criminal proceedings brought by union officials against Sandals Royal Bahamian and two of its senior executives.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson’s issuance of a nolle prosequi to discontinue court proceedings against the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and two of its senior executives was an “abomination” to justice, said Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner as she questioned whether the government conspired with the hotel when it terminated hundreds of workers.
COURT proceedings against Sandals Royal Bahamian and two of its senior executives brought by union officials were dropped by order of the Attorney-General on the day the Cable Beach resort terminated nearly 600 staff to facilitate a $4m renovation programme, it has emerged.
NEW judicial procedures that govern the way juveniles would be processed and handled by the justice system going forward should be implemented “soon”, according to Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson.
AMID questions surrounding which “world-class hotel and casino operator” will acquire Baha Mar and the concessions awarded to bolster the deal to open it, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson, QC, said there is no need for concern, adding that Bahamians should “trust” that negotiations are being handled by the “capable hands” of Prime Minister Perry Christie.
THE government will be closely monitoring innovations at Sandals and its rehiring process in a bid to hold the resort accountable to its “promises” after more than 600 workers were fired this week, according to Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson.
THE conviction rate for Supreme Court cases up to April of this year was 71 per cent, a dramatic improvement from the 31 per cent that was recorded by the end of 2012, Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson revealed yesterday during her contribution to the budget debate in the Senate. Up to April of this year, the acquittal rate was 29 per cent.
THE Attorney General has shot down assertions that the impending equality referendum is unnecessary.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said it would be a “terrible shame” if Bahamians vote “no” to the constitutional referendum’s questions because of concerns about same-sex marriage.
AMID growing concern that the fourth Constitutional Amendment Bill could lead to same-sex marriage if passed in next month’s referendum, the Office of the Attorney General released a statement last night to allay those fears.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday dismissed the concerns of a group of local pastors over the fourth Constitutional Amendment Bill, charging that those in support of the upcoming referendum will not “live our lives” around a “what if”.
THE government has moved to file a motion against an injunction that bars members of Parliament from disclosing confidential information about Save The Bays during parliamentary proceedings, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson confirmed yesterday.
SAVE THE Bays has been granted an interlocutory injunction against Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald and Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson, restraining them from further disclosing the group’s confidential information in Parliament.
THE backlog in criminal matters before the courts has been reduced by 322 cases since 2012, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday.
THE Senate unanimously approved the four Constitutional (Amendment) Bills on gender equality last night, bringing the country a step closer to having a long awaited referendum on the issue.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson has urged women to get involved in the gender equality referendum campaign and vote yes “for our sons and daughters.”
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson last night issued a press release in response to Tribune columnist Adrian Gibson’s article in Thursday’s edition.
THE Petroleum Bill 2014 seeks to enforce penalties of up to $10m for damage to this country’s environment during oil exploration should they occur, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said in the Senate yesterday,
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday said while The Bahamas is “obliged” to enforce the death penalty in accordance to law, the removal of the London-based Privy Council would require “serious consideration” and “extensive consultation” with the Bahamian people.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson, QC, yesterday urged the judiciary to be more hesitant to grant bail in cases of murder and other serious offences.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday pushed back against Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s recent criticism of the performance of the judiciary when it comes to dealing with those responsible for violent crime.
IN the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to put Baha Mar into receivership, Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson reiterated yesterday that the government will “only take steps that are in the best interest of the Bahamian people”.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson denied suggestions that Baha Mar’s workforce would not have been laid off if the government did not push for court appointed liquidators to oversee the property.
ONLY eight bail applications for murder have been granted by the Supreme Court so far this year, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson revealed yesterday.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday fired back at the Official Opposition over its accusations that the government was to blame for the more than 2,000 jobs lost at Baha Mar.
NEGOTIATIONS to push forward the completion of the stalled Baha Mar resort began in the capital yesterday with all three major stakeholders, its court-appointed joint provisional liquidators, and the government.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday that the probe into an alleged Bahamas Electricity Corporation bribery incident that took place over a decade ago is “nearly complete”.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday that she supports Prime Minister Perry Christie as he gears up to launch another leadership bid in the Progressive Liberal Party, adding that the nation’s leader has done “a lot of heavy lifting” this term.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson defended the judiciary after Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage blamed the body for the country's crime problem earlier this week.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard Gibson said yesterday that officials are reviewing the files concerning an alleged bribery of a former member of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, adding that she will soon go public about the next course of action in the matter.
ALTHOUGH the Supreme Court has approved the appointment of provisional liquidators to ensure that Baha Mar’s resources are not depleted, the resort’s Bahamian workers are still likely to be paid until the $21m set aside by the Christie administration for salaries runs out, according to Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson has revealed that her husband Maxwell Gibson owns the retail jewellery store chain that has been granted storefront leases in Baha Mar, while rejecting accusations that she has a conflict of interests due to her role as government negotiator for the stalled resort.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called for Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson to resign from Cabinet in light of what he sees as a conflict of interest with her role as a government negotiator on Baha Mar and her daughters owning stores that have leases with the stalled project.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson has said there is no conflict of interest regarding her daughters owning stores that have leases with Baha Mar and her role as a government negotiator over the stalled project.
THE Christie Administration continued its public feud with Baha Mar Friday, calling the resort's most recent press statement concerning Friday's Supreme Court adjournment of its winding up hearing "misleading”.
THE Attorney-General has expressed the Government’s “profound gratitude” to Baha Mar’s contractor for its role in attempting to resolve the dispute over the $3.5bn project, implying that some progress had been made at last week’s Beijing talks.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard Gibson, QC, has led a delegation to China where Baha Mar executives, China State Construction and the Export-Import Bank of China are expected to hold discussions on the way forward for the unopened $3.5bn West Bay Street resort.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard Gibson today confirmed that the government will pay the salaries of more than 2,000 Baha Mar workers this month as negotiations over the fate of the stalled $3.5bn project continue.
AMIDST widespread criticism for delays in making a Black and Veatch International report on the Rubis underground gasoline leak public, key members of the Christie administration yesterday laid out remediation plans and insisted that recommendations made in that report were acted on “immediately”.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday dodged questions over whether the government should have expedited the release of an independent report into the 2012 underground gas leak in the Marathon community and related public health assessments, stating that she was not an expert.
COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade confirmed yesterday that the report on the investigation into alleged judicial interference by MICAL MP V Alfred Gray has been completed and passed on to the Office of the Attorney General.
THE Office of the Attorney General is still awaiting a police report on the investigation into alleged judicial interference by MICAL MP V Alfred Gray, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday.
THREE years after Prime Minister Perry Christie called for the establishment of campaign finance laws, it remains unclear when, or if, his administration will ever introduce them.
A HEARING date for the appeal of the Coroner Court’s ruling on Aaron Rolle’s death in police custody as unlawful will come “shortly”, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday.