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Sir Lester supports CCJ


Sir Lester supports CCJ

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ST JOHN’S – Former Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird says replacing the London-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) “finishes Antiguan and Barbudan independence and autonomy that was begun in the 1930s”.

In a broadcast here Sir Lester, who served as the island’s second prime minister from 1994-2004, said that the ruling Antigua Labour Party (ALP) had long advocated the need for the country to move away from the Privy Council.

He said when the island sought to attain political independence from Britain in the 1960s, it wanted full independence that would have also included an independent judicial system.

“We rejected the idea that judicial decisions which affect our lives should be made in a city thousands of miles away, and by persons appointed largely by the prime minister of a country that was our former colonial power,” Sir Lester said. (CMC)