NO Apology! CCJ Debate Deadlock

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The resumption of the historic Caribbean Court of Justice debate in the Senate later this week is uncertain.

There’s deadlock between Government and Opposition Senators regarding the suspension of Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte.

Malahoo-Forte was suspended last Friday after she was accused by the Government of failing to fulfill a commitment to present a letter from the Privy Council to the Senate President.

The Opposition JLP is demanding the reinstatement of Senator Malahoo Forte and an apology from Government Senate Leader, AJ Nicholson and Senate President, Floyd Morris.

But the Government Senators are refusing to apologize.

Addressing a media briefing at Jamaica House this afternoon, Justice Minister, Mark Golding said Senator Malahoo Forte’s conduct was unbecoming.

Senator Golding says Senator Malahoo Forte will only be reinstated if the letter in question is turned over to the Senate President.

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Minister Golding criticized Senator Malahoo Forte and defended the move to suspend the Opposition Senator.

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The Justice Minister also accused the Opposition of attempting to derail the CCJ debate.

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And leader of Government Business in the Senate, AJ Nicholson says he has no intention of apologizing to Senator Malahoo Forte.

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AJ Nicholson, responding this afternoon to a question from Nationwide’s Abka Fitz-Henley during the Jamaica House media briefing.

On Saturday, JLP General Secretary Dr. Horace Chang described Senator Nicholson’s treatment of Mrs. Malahoo-Forte as disgraceful.

Senator Nicholson is chiding Dr. Chang.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.