Dr. Browne calls Grant’s allegations ‘insidious, indecent and uncalled for’
Dr. Henry Browne (right) and Hon. Glenn Phillip at Friday’s Press Conference (photo by Erasmus Williams)
ST. KITTS, NOVEMBER 9,2010 – Prominent Nevisian attorney Dr. Henry Stogumber Browne who defended Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports, Technology, Telecommunications and Posts, Hon. Glenn Phillip in the court challenge to his 29-vote win in the January 25th 2010 General Elections, has slammed Political Leader of the opposition Peoples Action Movement Mr. Lindsay Grant, for some of the allegations made in the election petition which was completely struck out by a High Court Judge on Thursday.
Speaking at a news conference, Dr. Browne described as “insidious, indecent and uncalled for” one of Mr. Grant’s many allegations in the petition, that accused Mr. Phillip’s wife, of interfering in the election by actively campaigning for her husband in the run up to the elections.
“The judge quite properly put that bit of indecency in the out of order bundle,” said Dr. Browne.
Attorney Sylvester Anthony in a personal comment pointed out that one would expect that any candidate in an election would use his or her spouse to help and campaign for them and to go out and raise funds and work on Election Day.
“To characterise a lady, who many people may not know personally, and to name her in an election petition and to elevate what she did, which every spouse is expected to do, somehow would elevate that to criminal conduct is to say the least wicked,” said Anthony, especially coming from Mr. Grant who claims he went to Harvard with the United States President Mr. Barak Obama.
“We all know for example in the United States, Mrs. Obama is the ace in Mr. Obama’s pocket. Whenever he is in trouble, the Party sends her out. You would have thought – and that is why I have described this petition as wicked – because a spouse is expected to help. That is the character of this petition and the petition reflects the petitioner,” said Anthony.
“All the allegations against Mr. Phillip, all the insidious allegations against Dr. Denzil Douglas, the Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, and all the allegations against what Mr Grant describes as ‘against the prominent members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, all the allegations of inducement, bribery, fraud, treating, procurement’ – all of them went by the board and each and every one of the allegations was roundly denounced by the Learned Judge,” said Dr. Browne.
He said Minister Phillip is well seated and can now focus his attention on the serious matters of his ministry.