President David Granger on Wednesday laid to rest the controversy involving Attorney General, Senior Counsel Basil Williams and High Court Judge, Justice Franklyn Holder, saying that he sees no reason why the Attorney General should offer an apology to the Judge.
“If the Judge felt that his [the Attorney General’s] behaviour was contemptuous he knew what he had to do and he did not,” the President said.
Justice Holder, who has since recused himself from further hearing the case involving the government and suspended Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Carvil Duncan, had requested an apology from the Attorney General over what he interrupted to be disrespectful behaviour.
The Attorney General never offered an apology to the Judge and the President said he does not intend to ask Williams to apologise.
Mr. Granger told reporters at State House that the Attorney General has explained to him what happened in Court and he satisfied with that explanation.
“Under the circumstances, I cannot see anything which would have warranted him being cited for contempt of court …. In that regard, there cannot be any justifiable call for an apology,” Mr. Granger added.
Meanwhile, Chancellor of the Judiciary (acting) Justice Cummings Edwards also weighed in on the matter and said that it was a matter to be handled by the Court.
She believes that the Judge’s decision to recuse himself from the matter involving the AG is an indication that the matter has been dealt with.
Justice Holder in recalling what transpired at the sitting had insisted that the remarks by the Attorney General were disrespectful and insolent.
The Judge had written to the Chancellor of the Judiciary complaining about the “disrespectful” behaviour of the Attorney General in his courtroom during the last court date.
The Attorney General always denied any wrongdoing.