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Pintard Backs Cash’s No Apology Decision

Free National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard said he supports former FNM Chairman Darron Cash’s decision not to apologize to Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson because she is now a distraction in the negotiations over Baha Mar.

He believes that the attorney general is in a conflicted position and she adds another hurdle to the path of a successful opening of Baha Mar.

“The attorney general has now become a distraction in this matter, when all attention should be focused on how do we get the partners to sit at the table together and amicably find a way to address each issue that prevents the resumption of the project,” Pintard told The Bahama Journal last night.

Earlier this week, Cash commented on the apparent conflict of interest concerning Maynard-Gibson’s involvement in the Baha Mar matter and the fact that her family members have retail leases with the resort.

He also pointed out that the attorney general had an “intimate financial relationship” with the resort’s developer Sarkis Izmirlian.

As a result of Cash’s comments, the attorney general issued a statement explaining that she has no confidential information relating to Izmirlian and any of his affiliated companies. Maynard-Gibson also demanded an apology from Cash.

However, Pintard strongly believes that the attorney general is in still in a position of conflict of interest and there are many red flags to prove this.

He said the developer accused the government of the Bahamas for colluding with the China Construction Company and the lender about the possibility of a conflict of interest with the attorney general.

“At one point the attorney general has been linked while in private practice to the Izmirlian family. While in private practice her law firm was then linked to the airport gateway project and the Chinese were identified as the possible clients in that case,” Pintard explained.

However, he said the prime minister “did not exercise wisdom” when he allowed Maynard-Gibson to be the lead negotiator in the Baha Mar matter.

In law there is a maxim that says, “Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done” and according to Pintard, the prime minister and the attorney general, as senior members of the bar, are not following this maxim.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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