November 25 ,2020
People’s Progressive Party/Civic city councillor Dimitri Ali was on Monday ejected from a statutory meeting over a purported attempt to take a photograph during the proceedings.
During the meeting Mayor Ubraj Narine observed a light coming from the councillor’s phone.
Narine then asked Ali if he was recording the meeting. In response, Ali said he was taking a photograph.
The Mayor indicated that like the media, which needs permission to attend the meetings, the councillor needed to seek permission before recording a session.
Ali, who refused to offer an apology, was later asked to present his phone to Chief Constable Peter Livingstone, to have the video or image removed in the presence of the Information Technology (IT) technician.
However, due to the absence of the IT technician, there was a delay in the process. Ali, who did not agree to apologize to the council or have his phone checked, remained seated for several minutes.
A motion was then tabled by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Councillor Heston Bostwick and second by Councillor Clayton Hinds to have councilor Ali removed from the sitting.
He was subsequently escorted out of the meeting.