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AG Strikes back at “Kill the Bill” activists

Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson is insisting that the thought of the Interception of Communication Bill (ICB) being a breach of any Bahamian’s privacy is preposterous and a direct depiction of lack of integrity in the Supreme Court of the Bahamas.

Mrs. Maynard-Gibson made the comments outside of Cabinet yesterday.

The AG noted her specific disappointment with Grand Bahama Human Rights (GBHR) activist Fred Smith and anyone else who feels this way.

Mrs. Maynard-Gibson told reporters it’s the alternative facts perpetuated by these individuals that ultimately throw into question the integrity and independence of the local Supreme Court.

“Although I expect that from Fred Smith, I’m surprised by it because on the one hand he’s going to the Supreme Court for certain things and on the other hand he’s saying don’t go to the Supreme Court so which is it?” she said.

“Also I am really shocked that Dr. Minnis who wants to lead this country one day is questioning the independence of the Supreme Court and the capacity of the independence of the Supreme Court to protect the rights, including privacy of citizens.”

The AG further noted that it is outrageous for anyone to think the government would violate citizens’ rights when the ICB has distinct stipulations.

“The protections are that permission to listen may only be given by the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the protection is that the Supreme Court determined how long that listening may take place for,” she said.

“The Supreme Court provides that the information that is obtained is to be destroyed and stipulates also how it is to be destroyed. If there is any listening or violation of that Bill it’s a criminal offense, those are protections.”

The comments come over a growing row that the Bill should be destroyed.

We March organizers are expected to hold a six hour March today to advocate for the destruction of the “Spy Bill.”

Written by Jones Bahamas

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