The Airports Authority has been served with a legal notice to overturn the suspension of Estate Constable Kelvon Alexander as it seemed to be born out of an “eagerness to appease public figures”.
Alexander was suspended on November 16 after he was found to be discourteous while telling Minister of Foreign Affairs Dennis Moses and Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis that they could not pass a controlled access door at the airport on September 20.
In the letter yesterday, attorney Kiel Taklalsingh said, “It is clear that the suspension’s immediacy was not as a result of common practice or any good and substantial grounds. Rather, it was an attempt to treat with ministerial interference and/or an abuse of power. The imposition of the suspension was unreasonable and did not sufficiently respect procedural fairness.”
On Tuesday, Moses confirmed there had been an incident but denied he had overstepped his boundaries during the exchange. He denied being rude to the officer or that he had asked for the officer involved to be dismissed, saying that would be “antithetical to his being”. Moses said so while speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew.
The Airports Authority also issued a statement earlier this week, once again repeating that Alexander was found to be ‘discourteous’ and ‘injudicious’ while carrying out his duties, despite being right in telling the ministers they were not allowed to pass through the door.
The authority said this was decided after a review of CCTV footage of the incident.
Taklalsingh said his client had not seen the CCTV footage in question, nor was he informed that when asked for a report on the incident that he was being investigated for misconduct.
Taklalsingh, who is representing Alexander along with Stefan Ramkissoon, Dinesh Rambally and Jagdeo Singh, called on the Airports Authority to withdraw the suspension within one week or face further legal action.