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Davis wants full accounting of Frank Smith case

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold former PLP Senator Frank Smith’s acquittal proves that the Minnis administration is not fit to govern.

Davis also called for a full accounting on how much the government spent to “lose this case”.

“It is time for this incompetent, bumbling, vengeful government to go,” Davis said in a statement.

“…We hope that the crown will now leave this matter alone and will not waste precious public resources in this judicial folly by appealing to the Privy Council.”

Smith was charged in 2017 with abusing his position as chairman of the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) after the award of a $516,000 contract to Barbara Hanna, the owner of Magic Touch Cleaning, to clean the critical care unit of Princess Margaret Hospital.

He was acquitted by Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on February 1, 2019.

“We are pleased at the result of this case,” Davis said.

“Our party’s position from the start was that this was victor’s justice being wreaked by an incompetent, clueless, vengeful government. We think our case against them is proven beyond all doubt.

“We renew our call for Dr. Duane Sands and Marvin Dames to resign from the Cabinet. If they do not, they must be dismissed. If the prime minister does not act, then all must go.”

Both Sands and Dames testified during the trial.

During the course of the case it was revealed that Sands awarded a second contract of $1.8 million to Hanna, three months after Smith was charged.

Ferguson-Pratt said the circumstances of the contract raised a “specter of impropriety”.

It was also revealed that Dames met with Hanna before she made an official complaint to police.

Davis continued, “We are more convinced than ever that a vote of no confidence must be moved against the government.

“It is clear that they are not fit for office.

“We want a full accounting for this waste of taxpayers’ money. How much did it cost to lose this case?”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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