Injunction lifted on Barbuda Airport

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The Court of Appeal has lifted an injunction which stopped work on the construction of an International Airport on Barbuda.

The decision was handed down earlier today, paving the way for work to continue on the project which is said to be nearly 80 per cent complete.

Sir Gerald Watt QC whose law firm dealt with the matter on behalf of the government, told parliament earlier today that the appeal has been allowed.

“The injunction is discharged…the court has held that the right to a hearing in sacrosanct,” the House Speaker and senior lawyer said.

The action which was brought by John Mussington and Jacqueline Frank on August 2, 2018 was granted by a high court judge.

The decision has been strongly criticised for the judge’s apparent failure to hear lawyers appearing for the Airport Authority and the Development Control Authority.

“We thought that was thoroughly unfair, it was a breach of the rules of natural justice and the Court of Appeal agreed with our arguments,” said Dr. David Dorsette who appeared today on behalf of the government.

Parties will return to court on September 26 to debate the substantive issue of the injunction.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Therefore Sir Gerald was right to call the lower courts decision ‘madness’

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  2. John Mussington go do what the government pays you to do. That’s to be a school principal. Which you are not quite good at anyway!!!! Jaqui frank had lived he whole life in England and come to Barbuda and suddenly knows what’s good for Barbuda. How do you equate that one does not have to worry about knowing where the next salary is coming from and the removal of a paycheck from the hands of the very Barbudans mussington and Jaqui claim to be fighting for. Mussington receives a salary from the gov of Antigua every month. Jaqui receives money from England plus her fathers pention every month. So they don’t have to worry about food on the table or wether council pays or not. At the end of every week or month they are well set. They don’t care wether the persons who seeked time off from council to work on the new airport, that they and their family were left out of bread. All they knew that they were fighting for foolish cause to bring down any progress in Barbuda. Barbudans should take note of persons who are looking to displace their children’s future for political gain. Only one family should be making money in Barbuda barked by the franks, mussingtons and jones. Barbudans soon council jobs are going to be hand me downs. Your children have to wait for someone to leave council before they can have s job. Don’t step in the way of progress!!!

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  3. This injunction should not have been lifted. The substantive issues will prevail in favor of Mr Mussington and co if there is any sense in the courts. It will be too wet to do anything anyway.

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