In Antigua and Barbuda, attorneys for the Member of Parliament for St. Peter, Asot Michael, say the decision by House Speaker, Sir Gerald Watt, to suspend their client for three consecutive sittings of parliament is both unlawful and unconstitutional.

The controversial Michael was thrown out of parliament last Friday over what Sir Gerald termed ‘hooliganism’.

But his lawyers say the House had no power to make standing orders providing for the suspension of a member.

They say the suspension was imposed for the improper purpose of punishing Asot Michael and was not reasonably required for the regulation of the affairs and proceedings of the House.

The lawyers say anything but a reversal of the position will see them take legal action against the House Speaker.