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Road to redress cleared in Biche school issue

By Gail Alexander,

Legal scrutiny of the Biche High School report has indicated that Government can take legal action against “certain persons” in the matter of the school’s construction, a source said yesterday.

Recommendations done by a three-member legal team on the report have been turned over to Cabinet for decision, a Government spokesman said.

The team, comprising attorneys Avery Sinanan, chairman, Phillip Lamont and Gilbert Peterson, submitted its report to Government more than a week ago.

It was appointed in early January to examine the report from the Annestine Sealey commission of inquiry into the Biche High School construction, and to advise Government on whether any legal action might arise from it.

Yesterday, a source said that among recommendations to Government was the green light for legal action against certain people involved in the project.

Depending on what the legal team recommended, Government officials said recently, that the State would determine how to proceed further.

Meanwhile on another matter—the inquiry into the Scarborough Hospital project—a source involved with the issue said the three-member Annestine Sealey Commission began “getting down to business” last week.

The source said a secretary had been appointed for the commission, but could not say when public sittings at the Industrial Court would begin.

The commission has been mandated to examine aspects of the Opposition’s corruption allegations involving Housing Minister Dr Keith Rowley, specifically on the firms dealing with the Scarborough Hospital project.

The team has six weeks from its first sitting to present a report.

And on yet another inquiry, conducted by the Hector Mc Clean team examining the health sector, a member of the team said it was unlikely the commission would be able to deliver its report in time for the mid-December deadline mandated when it was appointed in June.

The Mc Clean commission is looking into a detailed number of aspects of the health sector, including contracts and operations at various institutions.

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