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Nothing to see here: book closed on OBA squabble

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No case to answer: Tarik Smith, deputy chairman of the OBA

An investigation into an alleged confrontation between two senior One Bermuda Alliance members at the party’s headquarters has been closed after police found there was “no case to answer”.

Police said officers reviewed a complaint with the Department of Public Prosecutions, but their inquiries have now ended.

It was understood no one was arrested or charged in connection with the investigation, which was launched after a report of a row involving Tarik Smith, a deputy chairman, and Robyn Swan, the caucus chairwoman and a former senator.

Both were said to have been suspended from their roles in the wake of the reported incident after a party meeting in September.

An OBA spokesman said: “We said this was not a party matter but we can confirm that the police investigation found there was no case to answer.

“Originally, it was agreed with both of them that they would step away from their respective roles.

“This appears to be a private matter between two individuals and we will let it run its course.”

Ms Swan was appointed to the Upper House in July.

She replaced Andrew Simons after he was dumped by then Opposition leader Jeanne Atherden.

She lost her seat when Craig Cannonier, who took the helm of the OBA in September, changed the Senate line-up.

Mr Cannonier returned ex-senator Nick Kempe and added two fresh faces, Marcus Jones and Dwayne Robinson.

Mr Smith was announced as one of two OBA deputy chairmen in August.

He took the vacancy created after Justin Mathias, who has since quit, was promoted to party chairman.

The chairman’s role is now filled by Simone Barton.

Mr Smith joined Nandi Outerbridge in the deputy position, although she resigned last month.

A police spokesman said: “Following inquiries into the matter, a file was prepared and reviewed in conjunction with the DPP.

“The case has since been closed.”

Mr Smith’s lawyer said his client had no comment “at this time” and Ms Swan also refused to comment.

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Robyn Swan, former OBA senator (File photograph)