JLP Councillor, Kari Douglas, has hired prominent Attorney, Queen’s Counsel Peter Champagnie, as she moves to clear her name of allegations she breached a curfew order under the country’s Disaster Risk Management law.
Mr. Champagnie says his client denies wrongdoing.
Peter Champagnie, QC, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.
Douglas is Councillor for the Trafalgar Division in South East St. Andrew.
Police reports say on Tuesday night Councillor Douglas was arrested on the avenue she lives and carried to the Constant Spring Police station.
She was charged with breaching the curfew order under the Disaster Risk Management Act.
The Police alleged that the Councillor failed to identify herself satisfactorily.
But, during an interview on Nationwide yesterday, Douglas pointed to an April 1 order which exempts Councilors and Mayors from prosecution for breaching the curfew order.
Douglas says she was accosted by the Police while on her way home shortly after she reportedly delivered care packages to the elderly in the Trafalgar Division.
The JLP Councillor says the Police moved to charge her despite her using her driver’s license to identify herself.
The Councilor says a team of Police personnel also charged her, despite the Chairman of the KSAMC, Mayor Delroy Williams, and a senior member of the Police force confirming to them that she’s a member of the Corporation who’s exempt under law.
The police have advanced that Douglas was being uncooperative.
Head of the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, Senior Superintendent of Police, SSP, Stephanie Lindsay, told our news centreyesterday that the Councillor was also charged for disorderly conduct.