Moniz to explain his conduct to House
Trevor Moniz is expected to be back in the House of Assembly today.
The order paper for today said the Shadow Attorney-General will give a personal explanation.
The news came after Mr Moniz was ordered to leave Parliament on Friday in the wake of a row over files on the Bermuda Government’s lawsuit against the Lahey Clinic.
During the motion to adjourn, national security minister Wayne Caines said the Attorney-General, Kathy Lynn Simmons, had to deal with not having all the case files, as well as “allegations of documents being shredded”.
Mr Moniz, on a point of order, insisted that the files were all with the law firm that handled the US case.
When Mr Caines pressed him as to why files were being kept out of the country, Mr Moniz said: “The case was in Massachusetts. Wouldn’t the files be in Massachusetts? That’s where the case is.”
Mr Caines said that there should always be copies of files kept in the country.
Mr Moniz said the national security minister was “misleading the House” and that the files were always available.
Dennis Lister, the Speaker of the House, told Mr Moniz: “I think you’ve stretched your point.”
Mr Moniz said: “Let me finish, Mr Speaker.”
Mr Lister warned: “Member, you continue your game and that door is going to be yours.”
Mr Moniz said: “Well, that’s fine, Mr Speaker.”
Mr Lister then told him to leave.
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