Challenges to bill will only strengthen it, says Bannister

Works Minister Desmond Bannister said he “welcomes challenges” to the Criminal Evidence Witness Anonymity Bill as “opposition” will only make the legislation “stronger”. In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News on Sunday, Bannister said, if the bill is found unconstitutional by the courts, the Minnis administration will “try and try again” to ensure that witnesses […]

Attorneys to counter witness anonymity bill

Members of the legal fraternity are considering filing a constitutional motion against the recently passed Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Amendment Bill, claiming that the legislation is “dangerous” and infringes on the rights of the accused. Noted criminal attorney Romona Farquharson-Seymour is among the group of lawyers speaking out against the bill, which was passed in […]

New citizens sworn in secretly

Twenty-three individuals were sworn in and granted Bahamian citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at the Department of Immigration yesterday. The process however, was conducted behind closed doors and barred from the public. Eyewitness News attempted to cover that ceremony yesterday but was met with much resistance by Immigration Minister Brent Symonette. Moments before the swearing-in […]

Munroe backs court ruling

Noted attorney Wayne Munroe, Q.C is backing the ruling made by the Court of Appeal (COA) that dismissed the bargaining agreement between the Bahamas Industrial, Manufacturing and Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU) and Morton Salt. The court determined that the industrial agreement was merely an employment contract. Union leaders across the country, however, argued that the […]

Charges dropped against Dorsett

The prosecution in Kendred Dorsett’s trial intend to pursue only bribery charges against the former Environment Minister, according to one of Dorsett’s attorneys – Wayne Munroe, QC. In an interview with Eyewitness News, Munroe said, “several charges were dropped”. “They are only proceeding with the bribery matter,” said Munroe. “He is going back to court […]

Nurses strike called off

The nearly 2,000 nurses within the Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU), who threatened the government with industrial action last week, have put those threats on ice following a meeting between BNU executives, the Department of Labor and the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA). The meeting was held last week Friday, according to the union. BNU President Amancha […]

DPM reiterates colleague, says Govt. can cancel Oban deal at anytime

Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said Thursday the government can cancel the agreement with OBAN energies “at any time” and, any assertion that the government is “locked in”, with no way out, is “nonsense”. During his keynote address at the University of The Bahamas (UB) commencement at Grand Lucayan on Thursday morning, the finance minister […]

100 to receive voluntary separation packages

More than 100 employees at the Cable & Wireless (C&W) operated Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) have applied and have been approved for its recent voluntary separation package (VSEP), as the telecoms giant attempts to streamline its operations in the face of competition. President of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) Bernard Evans, told […]

Crown to drop Shane Gibson extortion charges

The legal counsel representing former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Cabinet Minister Shane Gibson, in his extortion and bribery case said yesterday, that he anticipates some of the charges being dropped. This follows the Crown’s recently discovered intent to dismiss all 15 counts of extortion against Gibson. Noted Attorney Wayne Munroe, QC, confirmed to Eyewitness News […]

Chipman decides today

Centerville MP Reece Chipman is expected to announce today whether he will sue Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis. In an interview with Eyewitness News Tuesday, Chipman said, he was still weighing his options. Last week, the issue between the fired chairman of the Antiquities Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC) and Dr. Minnis, took an unexpected […]

Munroe: Govt. should “disabuse” idea of appointing AG as Chief Justice

As the Chief Justice position remains vacant, and government has given no specific timeline on a replacement, noted attorney and Queens Counsel Wayne Munroe said the idea to appoint Attorney General Carl Bethel to the post should be “disabused.” Speaking candidly to Eyewitness News on the matter, Munroe said there have been several discussions and […]