Did Sir Brian Alleyne, as then Acting Chief Justice of the OECS Supreme Court indicate that he was not interested in the substantive post of Chief Justice.
That’s what Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has been telling reporters.
At a news conference on Monday, PM SKerrit said Dominica had been prepared to back Sir Brian’s candidacy for the position.
He was responding to media queries about his suggestion that there was no political influence in the judiciary in the sub-region.
“There’s absolutely no political involvement in the courts in our jurisdiction,” the prime minister said.
Prime Minister Skerrit was reminded that Sir Brian remained Acting in the post of Chief Justice, allegedly because Grenada, and more specifically then Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, stood in the way of him being confirmed in the position.
“Sir Brian had indicated to us that he had no interest in being appointed in the post, at a meeting, that’s before Grenada indicated its objection,” PM Skerrit insisted when taken up on that matter by a DNO reporter.
“That is a fact, you can consult other prime ministers if you wish. As prime minister at the time I would have loved to have a Dominican as head of the OECS Supreme Court,” the Dominican leader told reporters.
However Sir Brian Alleyne has rubbished PM Skerrit’s claims.
The former jurist said he was available for the position, once he realized that the man who held the substantive post, Sir Dennis Byron, was no longer returning to the position and the acting position that he Sir Brian held could be turned into a more permanent arrangement.
He denied categorically telling OECS heads of government that he was not interested in the position of Chief Justice.
Sir Brian also told DNO that while he could not say that Grenada’s objection to him being made chief justice was THE stumbling block, he had had occasional conversations with then Grenada prime minister Keith Mitchel who made it clear on those occasions that he was not happy with some of the decisions Sir Brian had taken while serving as a judge in Grenada.
Sir Brian served as acting Chief Justice of the OECS Supreme Court from 2005 to 2007.