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Hyatt case adjourned again, developers join defence

TAMEISHA SOBERS, [email protected]

Hyatt case adjourned again, developers join defence

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THE DEVELOPERS behind the new Hyatt hotel are joining the lawsuit in defence of the project earmarked for Bay Street, St Michael.

When the case brought by social activist attorney David Comissiong against the Office of the Prime Minister came up in the Supreme Court today it was again adjourned since the presiding justice was on vacation.

However, it was revealed that developer Mark Maloney’s company, Visions Development Inc., had applied to be a party in the proceedings.

Comissiong is challenging the construction of the multi-million dollar hotel as a citizen and minutes after the matter was further delayed, he said the Prime Minister, as the Minister responsible for Town and Country Planning, also filed a defence.

Part of that defence is the claim that Comissiong was not in a position “to bring such an application for judicial review” as a citizen.

The new date for hearing is July 7 at 11:30 a.m. before Justice Dr Sonia Richards.

Comissiong briefly responded to attacks on him from ministers including Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman who “labelled him an enemy of the state”.

“When Government ministers set out to browbeat and intimidate citizens and set out to suggest that citizens dare not challenge Government’s actions and if they challenge…that they are going to be attacked and castigated even from the precinct of Parliament that is a very, very dangerous and counter-productive development in Barbados,” he said. (TKS)