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MNIB inquiry put on pause


MNIB inquiry put on pause

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Almost one month after announcing that it had entered the inquiry stage of its investigations into financial wrongdoings at the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB), the Integrity Commission has been ordered to halt until the Court of Appeal makes a determination in the matter.

Ruggles Ferguson, legal counsel for the commission, explained its options are to file an appeal to the full court because only one judge heard the matter via written document, or wait for the Court of Appeal to give its judgement of the June High Court decision.

In June this year, a High Court Judge ruled that the Integrity Commission acted in accordance with the law when it began its inquiry into the allegation of financial wrongdoings by board members of MNIB.

In a news conference on July 31, 2018, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell announced that Cabinet had endorsed a recommendation for a thorough investigation against the backdrop of revelations about the possible inappropriate use of MNIB funds by a new board.

Then in September 2018, the Integrity Commission announced it had started investigations “on its own initiative . . . into the current and past affairs at the Board, from early August 2018.”

Ruel Edwards who served as the immediate chief executive officer of the statutory board, challenged the decision of the commission in court, claiming it had no right to conduct an inquiry without a written complaint. When the court ruled the commission did not violate the law, it commenced its closed-door inquiry, Edwards, through his lawyer Cajeton Hood, filed a restraining order to stop it from holding its “closed-door” inquiry and for a stay of execution of the High Court judgment. (CMC)