OBA suspends two members over ‘altercation’

  • Robyn Swan (file photograph)

    Robyn Swan (file photograph)

  • Tarik Smith, left, welcomed as One Bermuda Alliance deputy chairman by former chairman Justin Mathias (File photograph)

    Tarik Smith, left, welcomed as One Bermuda Alliance deputy chairman by former chairman Justin Mathias (File photograph)


Two senior members of the One Bermuda Alliance have been suspended after an alleged incident at the party’s headquarters, The Royal Gazette can reveal.

Sources said Tarik Smith, a deputy chairman, and Robyn Swan, the caucus chairwoman who was also appointed to the Senate in July, were alleged to have been at the centre of an altercation after a party meeting last month.

Police later launched an investigation into the alleged incident. An OBA spokesman confirmed this month that a complaint had also been lodged with the party “by a party member who criticised the alleged behaviour of another party member”.

Ms Swan replaced Andrew Simons in the Upper House after he was dumped by then Opposition leader Jeanne Atherden.

Mr Smith was announced as an OBA deputy chairman in August. He took over the vacancy created when Justin Mathias, who has since quit, was promoted to party chairman.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman has confirmed that officers are “looking into” the complaint.

The party said at the time that the complaint related to an alleged incident where only the two people concerned were present.

Police said yesterday there was “no update” and that the investigation continued.

Mr Smith told The Royal Gazette last night: “I cannot comment at this time.”

Ms Swan refused to comment when contacted.

An OBA spokesman said: “As a police investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment except to stress that this is not a party matter.”

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