By Aaron Humes: Senator and Minister of Foreign Affairs Eamon Courtenay has maintained he has followed the law consistently with regard to the involvement of his law firm, Courtenay Coye LLP, with the legal work of the Government.
Dating back to the Said Musa administration when he was first appointed a Senator, he said, he has written to the Governor General to be exempted under the Constitution from being disqualified as a Senator if his firm is retained by the Government.
He also noted that the Finance and Audit Reform Act provides for direct selection when the Government urgently needs a particular service.
As to the competence and value of the Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Ministry, Courtenay noted that because some matters are “politically sensitive” or otherwise complicated, it becomes necessary to find outside counsel, but that is no knock on their competence.
As for the suggestions by the Opposition of defamation and untruth, the Prime Minister appeared to shrug it off, saying he was prepared to release further documentation to back up the statements made to Senator Michael Peyrefitte.