(Antigua Observer) St Johns Antigua – The High Court of Antigua and Barbuda has set aside attempts by the Executive of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party to take disciplinary action against Hon. Asot Michael engineered to bar him from being an ABLP candidate for the St Peters constituency in the upcoming general election.
In a ruling delivered on December 12, 2022, Justice Jan Drysdale declared that two “purported” disciplinary tribunals engaged to deal with the complaints were illegally appointed and their decisions were therefore null and void:
“It is hereby declared that:
The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (“ABLP”) disciplinary tribunal against the Applicant referred to in the Notice of 29 September 2020 and under the hand of Lionel “Max” Hurst, the 2nd Respondent (the “First Purported Tribunal”) was unlawfully constituted in breach of the provisions of the ABLP Constitution.
The further ABLP disciplinary tribunal referred to in the Notice of 28 October 2020 and under the hand of Mr. Barry Knight (“Second Purported Tribunal”) is unlawfully constituted in breach of the provisions of the ABLP Constitution.
Any decisions made or purported to be made by the Tribunals are null and void. The legal battle to stop the disciplinary proceedings has been in progress for over two years and the Court had granted injunctive relief to Hon. Michael on separate occasions, restraining the ABLP’s effort to prevent him from functioning as the duly elected parliamentary representative of the St. Peters Constituency.