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Cummings’ attorney sends written response to PM

Cummings’ attorney sends written response to PM


While President of the New Democratic Party Arnhim Eustace has refused the offer of reconciliation extended by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, opposition member Daniel Cummings may have done otherwise.{{more}}

Emery Robertson, counsel for Cummings, confirmed to SEARCHLIGHT that he has responded to the January 17 letter sent to him by Grahame Bollers, on behalf of the Prime Minister, informing him that Gonsalves wished to discontinue proceedings against Cummings, the Parliamentary Representative for West Kingstown.

Although Robertson did not disclose what was his response, he hinted that he had given consent with conditions.

“It’s absolutely true. We have written to him a letter… but I don’t think it is fair for me to disclose what our terms are.”

Robertson, speaking to SEARCHLIGHT by telephone, suggested that Bollers be given the opportunity to respond first to claims that Cummings had accepted Dr. Gonsalves ‘olive branch’, because he (Robertson) did not want to taken out of context.

“I don’t want to prejudice anything…. I don’t want to distort anything.”

Up to press time Wednesday, January 25, efforts to contact Bollers were futile, as he was out of office.

Letters reaching SEARCHLIGHT last week from Bollers’ Regal Chambers showed that he wrote to Robertson, and Mira Commissiong on behalf of her client Opposition Leader Eustace, indicating

intentions to discontinue legal action against them, and requesting written responses from the lawyers indicating if they would accept the offer.

Eustace at an NDP press conference on Tuesday stated that he was having no part of the offer, while Cummings refused to comment on the matter.

Radio reports on Wednesday claimed that Cummings had accepted the olive branch. These claims could not be confirmed by SEARCHLIGHT. (JJ)