Lawsuit is a manifestation of greed and jealousy-Ronald Abraham

first_img Share Share LocalNews Lawsuit is a manifestation of greed and jealousy-Ronald Abraham by: – March 12, 2012 85 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Photo credit: dominicacentral.comFormer Chief Executive Officer of Marpin Telecoms and Broadcasting Limited Ronald B. M Abraham has described a lawsuit which was filed against him as a manifestation of greed and jealousy.Former auditor of Marpin, Chattered Accountant Kieron Pinard Byne filed an application at the High Court of Justice which was supported by three board members namely; Dense Shillingford, Anthony Bernette Biscombe and Patricia Englis to hold the former CEO responsible for $16, 261,810.76 of the Company’s liabilities. Justice Brian Cottle ruled in their favor earlier this month stated in his decision that Abraham “carried out the Company’s business with reckless disregard” and in addition must pay $971,981.65 which he used for his personal undertakings and appointed Pinnard-Byrne as liquidator.Abraham told Dominica Vibes News on Monday that the lawsuit came as a surprise to him as he “sacrificed greatly for Marpin and put it before his own interest”.He explained further that he ensured that he always did what he considered to be “in the best interest of the company” and views “the lawsuit as a manifestation of greed and jealousy”.“How can I be responsible for the debt of Marpin when they operated under a board of directors” he asked, as the board had the “legal responsibility” for the company’s operation and “would override me at any time?”According to him the order from the Master’s Court was that both parties should consult on an agreed date for the hearing of the matter however he was never consulted, served with Court documents or notified of the hearing.He learnt of the ruling through a friend and made an inquiry from the Court by which time Justice Cottle’s order was served on him.His attorney Lennox Lawrence explained that they were “very surprised” as the case management order which precedes the trial of the matter stipulated that both parties agree to a date for trial. “There was never any consultation with Mr Abraham and to aggravate the circumstance Mr Abraham was never notified of the trial date so he could not have attended that which he was not notified of. My instructions are that the trial took place in his absence and without his knowledge.”Lawrence contends that “clearly it would have been obvious to the other side that they would have to consult with Mr Abraham before setting a date for trial” as it was directed by the master of the court.He said further that Justice Cottle’s judgment “does not indicate whether any attempt was made to serve” which is a requirement based on the Court rules and procedures that a party to a lawsuit be notified. According to Lawrence; “in our view the procedure was totally side-stepped” which therefore makes the trial an “irregular” one as the proper procedures were not been followed.He also noted that he applied to the Court last Thursday to have the judgment set aside as the trial took place in his client absence. That move he explained is also a provision in the law. Meanwhile Abraham noted that does not regret Marpin’s decision which caused the liberalization of the telecommunications sector in Dominica although the company did not benefit directly from it.“I don’t regret that we have broken the monopoly because I think that is something that had to happen with time before the Caribbean could be free in telecoms so I don’t regret that but, I personally and Marpin by extension did not benefit from it, we fought the war but we did not get the benefits”. Abraham believes however that Marpin has the capability to be a leader in its industry.“I would like to Marpin in the forefront of telecoms in Dominica and in the OECS. I’d like to see Marpin get a mobile license, in the forefront of the industry and I believe that Marpin is capable of being there”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more