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If Gov’t backed Speaker to file injunction then VI has to pay- Rosan-Jones

If Gov’t backed Speaker to file injunction then VI has to pay- Rosan-Jones

Government critic and talk show host, Rosemary Cindy Rosan-Jones said if members of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government can come forward and admit they were behind the injunction filed by the House of Assembly (HoA) Speaker, Hon Julian Willock, against the three Commission of Inquiry (CoI) lawyers, then she would accept that the state would have to pay the legal fees.

Rosan-Jones made the comments on Monday, November 1, 2021, while speaking to the media at a small protest outside the HoA chambers at the Save the Seed Energy Center in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, ahead of a motion to exempt the Speaker from having to pay the legal fees in his personal capacity.

"If the Government members can come forward and say we give him specific instructions to move this injunction that I can understand that we have to pay it, but unless they are able to say that, Willock has to pay this," Rosan-Jones told JTV.

"And even if they did give him permission to do so, they too have overstepped the Judiciary," Rosan-Jones further went on to say.

So far, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) during yesterday's sitting had subtly defended the speaker's move to file the injunction against Bilal M. Rawat, Andrew King, and Rhea Harrikissoon, who are currently assisting with the work of the CoI.


Premier defends motion


So far, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) during yesterday's sitting had subtly defended the Speaker's move to file the injunction against Bilal M. Rawat, Andrew King, and Rhea Harrikissoon, who are currently assisting with the work of the CoI.

The Speaker and Deputy had accused them of practising law in the territory and doing so while not being called to the Virgin Islands Bar, a violation of the Legal Profession Act 2015.

Premier Fahie at yesterday's HoA sitting said the legal fee for representation is not about the individual, but rather the office they represent.

Hon Fahie also disclosed that the Governor is likely to be taking monies from the public purse for legal representation in the CoI called by his office.

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