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Dottin case underway

Dottin’s legal team (from left) Stewart Mottley, Leslie Haynes Q.C., Elliott Mottley Q.C., and Andrea Simon.

Dottin’s legal team (from left) Stewart Mottley, Leslie Haynes Q.C., Elliott Mottley Q.C., and Andrea Simon.

After about four adjournments, arguments in the injunction matter which suspended Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin brought against the Governor-General and Police Service Commission, finally started this afternoon before High Court Justice, Margaret Reifer in chambers.

Legal sources involved in the closed-door case told Barbados TODAY the arguments were led off by Queen’s Counsel for Dottin, Elliott Mottley.

When contacted, Mottley, who is being assisted by fellow Queen’s Counsel Leslie Haynes and Stewart Mottley, said he has completed his presentation. The Solicitor-General, Jennifer Edwards, who is representing the State, has also finished her submission, this newspaper has been informed.

The matter will continue tomorrow, when attorney-at-law for the Police Service Commission, Pat Cheltenham, QC, delivers the case for his client.

This issue is now before the court because Dottin, through his attorney, is asking the court to reinstate him as Commissioner and to restrain the enquiry which the Commission intends to carry out.

The tribunal is expected to rule on whether it would allow the application for the injunction which the claimant has filed. In a letter to Dottin dated June 17, 2013, the Police Service Commission had advised the Governor-General to send the top cop on leave, pending his enforced retirement in the “public interest”. Apart from Cheltenham, the Commission also has Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop and Marsha Lougheed Page on its team of lawyers. (EJ)

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