BIU Members Receive Court Summonses

March 28, 2017

[Updating] The BIU said that it has come to their attention “that several members of the BIU have received summonses from Magistrate’s Court during the last 24 hours,” and have requested that BIU members who have been served summonses bring them to BIU Headquarters “so that they can be dealt with by the Union’s legal representatives.”

BIU TC March 28 2017

The BIU said, “It has come to the attention of the BIU that several members of the BIU have received summonses from Magistrate’s Court during the last twenty-four hours.

“BIU President, Chris Furbert, is requesting that those BIU members who have been served summonses bring the summonses to BIU Headquarters so that they can be dealt with by the Union’s legal representatives.”

Update 10.16am: The summonses are said to be in relation to the protest on December 2, 2016.

Update 10.42am: BPSU President Jason Hayward has also been served.

Update 11.24am: While we do not have official confirmation of this, Bernews has received unofficial suggestions that at least one of the summonses may be in relation to, on December 2 2016, preventing “entry into the House of Assembly grounds, an act calculated to interfere with the free exercise” of someone in their “duties or authority of this office as Minister,” which is “contrary to Section 97[b] of the Criminal Code.”

Screenshot of Section 97[b] of the Criminal Code [PDF]

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Update 4.50pm: Unofficial reports suggest over 10 people received summonses, with suggestions that BPSU President Jason Hayward, BIU President Chris Furbert and Rev Nicholas Tweed may be among those who have been served.

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  1. Jeremy Deacon says:

    *Grabs popcorn* waits and watches.

    • DanMBDA says:

      This is gonna be gooooood!

      The BIU/PC have shown defiance to the Police.
      Now, the Courts!

      • Onion Juice says:

        Sounds like those Communist Eastern European countries.

        • Hmmm says:

          OJ are you saying it’s OK to break the law?

          • Up From Slavery says:

            Are you implying that there has never been a law that was unjust or unethical?

            • smh says:

              What took you so long to bring up slavery?

            • look jeff says:

              Being a slave was at some point LAW!

              • wahoo says:

                So get rid of all laws, I see this makes perfect sense now and this has everything to do with slavery.

              • Zevon says:

                What is wrong with a law that stops people from obstructing MPs getting to work?

              • Joe Bloggs says:

                Umm, no!

                Yes, there were slaves in Bermuda, but there was no law making all black people slaves. Indeed, blacks who could escape a slave ship and make it to Bermuda’s shores were free men and women.

                Please read about Bermuda’s history. There are many books on the subject.

          • Hmm says:

            Here’s the law and why police were called to enforce it! We will be a country of laws and it’s about time! If the head of the union is so big and bad, let’s see him strike on his court date and not show up to court. In fact do us a favor and not show up. One more law breaker under the courts finally.

            • Jeanna S says:

              I’m guessing you don’t realize that protest are meant to disrupt in order to call attention to an issue!!!! I could think of a lot better use of tax payer money than this foolishness!!!!!!

          • Onion Juice says:

            Slavery was a law, Apartheid was a law and Jim Crow was a law.
            And ya point is??????????

          • Bring on the election after AMC says:


            • Humphrey says:

              I guess you want free stuff again n more debt smh.

        • Bermyman says:

          More like the OJ Simpson affect!

        • puzzled says:

          Is that Yettb ?

    • rodney smith says:

      Go back home. This movie will be delayed. The Courts will only give a warning and send you back home. If not, what will they do? Lock em up? So, Let’s all keep cool heads and let this thing play it’s self out. You can use the Courts, but it does not mean that they will listen to everything you have to say. This is just a POWER PLAY.

      • Nanny Pat says:

        Remember that when these people are smacked with huge fines for BREAKING THE LAW ON DEC 2nd.
        Feel free to pay their fines Rodney.

      • Onion Juice says:

        And this is de party that you tried to get Black people to vote for?
        Well some Fools did.

  2. know your history says:

    Electioneering or is it Electrickneering in progress. Last several weeks Dr.Ewart Brown and now this. A real Madagascar cartoon in the making again.

    Do things to help the people and not this foolishness!

    • Nanny Pat says:

      Wasn’t the Govt trying to get into the house to “do things to help the people on Dec. 2? Ya know, to do the job BERMUDIANS hired them to do??

    • Grakoos says:

      You want the government to help the people, but how can they do so if they are blocked access to the House of Assembly?

    • wahoo says:

      If you looked at a bigger picture you would see that this is all about the people. If we do not uphold our laws then we are doomed and by the way Dr. Ewart Brown did nothing for anyone but himself.

    • Bring on the election after AMC says:

      Call the election Dunk please.

    • Weed says:

      Why you insulting my African heritage mocking Madagascar. Unlike you guys here, we have real racial problems, not the testosterone problems you have here in paradise. For a people that is so well travelled apparently, someone forgot to tell you to open your eyes when you travel…. unless of course you lot only travel to Vegas and Orlando

  3. San George says:

    Govern by threat, undermine and intimidate. Should go over really well at the polls. Your move, our move!

    • serengeti says:

      I can remember who was using ‘threats and intimidation’ on Dec 2.
      Who was it that was wearing the ‘Union Thug’ T shirt?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      That approach has enjoyed some success in the past in Bermuda

      • Onion Juice says:

        So protesters go to the police to file a complaint, then get summonsed after filing.
        So much for See Something, Say Something.

        • Nanny Pat says:

          Clearly you didn’t see the same thing the rest of the island saw.
          IT’S ALL ON VIDEO FOR ETERNITY so feel free to check it out.

        • Clint Eastwood says:

          Anybody can make a complaint for anything..doesn’t mean it’s justified or even reasonable..

        • Bermyman says:

          It is all on camera! Multiple cameras, no one can escape that! Hey I could file a complaint if i get a parking ticket but if I am on camera parking illegally well guess what!?

          • Weed says:

            For us plp sheep can you verify what. We ain’t to good at guessing…just tell us and we will believe

    • 32n64w says:

      “Govern by threat, undermine and intimidate”

      We already experienced that approach under the last two PLP Premiers. No more, thank you.

    • Earth watch police says:

      I know San George I really wish the plp and the unions would not do that.

  4. Blindbutcansee says:

    Here we go again!!! Smh!!

    • inna says:

      The protestors decided they were going to do what they wanted to do on Dec/2/16.

      The government has decided that they also are going to do what they want to do today, Mar/28.

      • Lois Frederick says:

        You mean the DPP has decided what they want to do today.

        • Onion Juice says:

          So when did police started serving summons, what happened to baliffs?
          I guess its who you are.

          • Clint Eastwood says:

            You have no idea what you’re talking about lol..stop thinking out loud..

          • Guy Fawkes says:

            Where does the article say that the summons were served by Police? But as an aside, the Police have always served summon’s as to do Bailiffs, or they can be sent in the post.

            It has nothing to do with who you are!

  5. Honestly says:

    Absolutely ridiculous! This damn government can do what they want without the people’s consent or approval. Can’t wait to see the back of them. I’ve never seen such in my 60 years! We have free speech but the people came out to support their home! Later OBA! Bye

    • A Chap says:

      Break the law and receive a summons.

      What kind of madness is this??

    • WillSee says:

      They blockaded parliament, its not free speech.

    • JohnBoy says:

      What does this have to do with the OBA? Please explain

      • Onion Juice says:

        They gave away our airport for 30 years, entitled to pay $30 Million a year for 30 years and the PEOPLE felt that they were being robbed and tried to stop it.

        • bdaboy says:

          “They gave away our airport for 30 years, entitled to pay $30 Million a year for 30 years and the PEOPLE felt that they were being robbed and tried to stop it.”

          Where were you when the plp wasted $900M on a poorly designed hospital, or when they were … our $800M?

          You’re such a hypocrite, OPJ…thats why everyone laughs at your posts.

        • bdaboy says:

          “They gave away our airport for 30 years, entitled to pay $30 Million a year for 30 years and the PEOPLE felt that they were being robbed and tried to stop it.”

          Where were you when the plp wasted $900M on a poorly designed hospital, or when they were … our $800M?

          You’re such a hypocrite, OPJ…thats why everyone laughs at your posts.

    • Humphrey says:

      If you break the law that’s what’s happens. Do the crime you know the rest.

  6. Eye Open says:

    The government is trash for this.

    • JohnBoy says:

      What does this have to do with the OBA? Please explain

    • Onion says:

      This is the Department of Public Prosecutions doing this, nothing to do with the politicians.

  7. just wondering says:

    let me guess – on the return date for the first hearing of those summons’ either there will be no appearance or worse that we will have another island wide strike so that everyone can march from the BIU HQ to Magistrates court. Lets take last years unrest and make it worse!!

  8. Eye Open says:

    Just lost my vote

    • Cow Polly says:

      Blame the Opposition Eye Open, they were the ones who were shouting for action in the House recently. It’s just not the action they were hoping for I’m guessing

    • Politricks says:

      The Government doesn’t issue summons, nor can they order the police to do so.

      Educate yourself.

      • Say Whaat? says:

        You educate yourself. If you think the police, who have raided a civilian’s property to get support for a legal civil case abroad, is not working with the government…..

        • Clint Eastwood says:

          Well if there’s evidence inside that house relating to the crime, how else would it get collected??

          Do you think the lawyers are going to raid the house themselves?? LMFAO

      • Onion Juice says:

        And de police work for …….

    • Humphrey says:

      Y stupid. reason u break the law you’ve done it for so.long you think its okay.wrong

    • Sabrina says:

      Nothing to do with the OBA but they probably never had your vote anyway.

  9. Enough says:

    Were they expecting nothing to happen…..

    • Toleratate says:

      Guess not… and the cycle is left to go on, and on, and on….

      • Onion Juice says:

        I wonder if they would’ve pepper sprayed elderly white folk?

        • Porgy says:

          Do you see them blocking Parliament?

        • look jeff says:

          They have lawyers on speed D!

          • Clint Eastwood says:

            Because all elderly people are rich and well connected!! Ahahahaha

          • Come Correct says:

            Because a lawyer would do you any good in this circumstance. The dumbless is dumbing me dumber here.

  10. Tom 1 says:

    No one is above the law!

  11. trump supporter says:

    finish paving the roads first. Then strike.

  12. Sandy from under the sea says:

    This has got to be the best years of comedy by far! Why, is the multi-million dollar question… I could just imagine the lessons they’re being taught by their predecessors, of how to be vindictive to destroy by any means necessary! >:(

  13. Timing isn't good says:

    Brother Chris, threatened a strike for America’s Cup–this will likely get his feather ruffled yet again and give him a good excuse.

    Quo fata ferunt!

    • wahoo says:

      Do you mean he has no faith in his legal team to argue that they were within the law on Dec 2? What kinda lawyers they got?

  14. Alvin Williams says:

    A recent letter to the editor describe Bermuda as a country that has embarked on a apartheid South Africa like stance in dealing with it’s people. Now we have the police issuing summonses to those involved in the December 2 protests. I recall a police protest where police marched in uniform to protest the policies of the government with respect to their interests; a clear violation of general orders concerning the police; a protest march on parliament and as far as I know no penalties were applied to the police for those actions. the question is when is a protest a protest or is it who conducts that protest that makes it a legitimate protest?

    • Just the Tip says:

      Did the Police block access to Parliament? Did they stop any one for being able to do their jobs? Did they break the law in any way while they protested? The answer is NO so there is no need to summon them to the courts.

      The people on Dec 2 broke the law, some in more ways then one so of course there would be summons. Don’t act as if all of the people that were there are innocent.

      Also it’s the courts that summons people not the police.

      • Serious though says:

        Just a tip too, the police sent request to prosecutors

    • serengeti says:

      If they’re innocent they have nothing to worry about.

    • wahoo says:

      Just because someone wrote a letter to the editor does not make what they say true (I hope you can understand that). This is one of the problems with Bda people can say anything and there is a portion who are convinced it must be true.

      Don’t understand your question, a protest is a protest and breaking the law is breaking the law simple.

    • Humphrey says:

      Protest yes but block entrance no

    • Kevin says:

      the Police didn’t deny anyone access its pretty simple …we can’t allow those who blatantly broke the law to get away with it . If there is no law penalties for breaches we have anarchy ….maybe that is what some of you want

  15. Mumbojumbo says:

    Legitimate protests should be accompanied by liability insurance at issuence!
    If you want to drive moped you need at least a limited liability insurance covering you as you ride in case you case dammage or harm health or cause someone detriment to earnings or neglect of lawfull duties or responsibilities due to prevention there of doubling time and cost.

    • wahoo says:

      Maybe some MPs need that same insurance but who would sell it them.

  16. Unbelievable says:

    I don’t know when some of you will learn, accept or remember that the OBA Government or any Bermuda Government doesn’t have the authority to instruct the police or the courts to do anything.

  17. Glowstick Tracker says:

    I do not know why people are blaming the OBA, they have no control over who the DPP places charges against. It may be easier to say everything is the governments fault but it does not make it true.
    The BPS made it clear that persons who broke the law on that day were subject to prosecution should the offences rise to the level determined by the DPP to be actionable. The CCTV and social media information has all been compiled and clearly there is in the view of the DPP sufficient information to proceed to court.
    The lawsuit against the hospital in Boston you can put to the OBA.
    The E Brown you cannot investigation started four years before the OBA got into power and is the sole remit of the BPS .
    Not troubled with people being upset just figure you should know who you need to be upset with.

    • Say Whaat? says:

      Nope. This is the OBA/UBP thru and thru. You are talking on the assumption that the OBA are acting ethically. They don’t even know how to do that.

      • bdaboy says:

        “Nope. This is the OBA/UBP thru and thru. You are talking on the assumption that the OBA are acting ethically. They don’t even know how to do that.”

        lol. plantation questions, they had to deceive you.

        plp fools

    • wahoo says:

      How dare you use facts – that is not fair, please keep this commentary in lala land so it is a level playing field.

    • Onion Juice says:

      Ya, and I have a bridge to sell you.

  18. Glowstick Tracker says:

    You get a Five Star Glowstick award for the most obvious stupid comment to date on this story. The fact that you know that some people have over 200 years of history here should have been a clue.
    You would be better off studying the effects of the behavior you promote and how well that turned out for the people. Your racial xenophobic rant is probably the result of poor education thus limited employment opportunity supported by alternative facts.

    Go back to school get an education , learn a trade work and stop the infantile ranting.

    • Onion Juice says:

      Nelson Mandela was a respected lawyer, Martin Luther King was an Educated Minister, both were well versed in their so called trade.
      And ya point is?

      • Earth watch police says:

        If you don’t understand the point then there is no point c##t.

  19. swing voter says:

    so if Im not a BIU member I don’t get free representation? oh oh

  20. Nanny Pat says:

    Wow, I have a parakeet with more intelligence than you. Wow, just wow. Is it really possible to be this clueless?

  21. Say Whaat? says:

    Yes, they want us to support the AC very much. This just cinched it. Bermuda, brace yourselves.

  22. Big says:

    So serious that u are invisible like me. Lmfao. Fri88in mohawk ffs…omg. funny

  23. Lois Frederick says:

    When I heard a learned PLP MP at the last PLP airport meeting advising those in attendance not to do what they had done on December 2nd, much to their apparent disappointment, I could tell that a very serious lesson had been learned. It has been very quiet since then. My guess is that they knew the files were on the desk of the DPP and what was very likely to happen. It is a clear case, with plenty of video evidence to present as evidence.

  24. A Chap called Vanz says:


  25. Sabrina says:

    Funny, but wasn’t the protest over a “forgin” person?

  26. inna says:

    So go around to all of the business you are about to boycott, buy up all their bread and peanut butter first, then boycott?

    Makes a whole lot of sense to me LOL.

  27. puzzled says:

    Better stock up on tons of peanut butter.
    Last ship sails..

  28. Gee says:

    Up you mighty people you better be awake. We r not cool aid drinkers
    So much is at stake.
    The Dunkley/OBA conspiracy against the people is revealed

  29. Double S says:

    Hundreds of up votes in less than 2 mins of refreshing this page.

    One thing the BIU/PLP sure are on point when it comes to manipulating social media.

    If only they were so proactive and efficient when it comes to governing.

    Carry on.

  30. Dees says:

    My dearest Mohawk,
    Seems you need an education. Firstly,…… never mind. Have to take the unicorn for a walk.

  31. Kevin says:

    Mowhawk …..You proven it it is a fact we have aliens amongst us… i don’t recall a single situation that tried to stop anyone from protesting …you just can’t block access and deny entry by those who have a right to do so..
    Its simple

  32. Reality Check says:


    This OBA administration, now down to 17 seats in Parliament, have about as much savvy as a bearded man dressed in black, charging at the railings around Trump’s White House, and shouting: “I’m wearing a suicide vest.”

    And who hopes to live!

  33. School of Hard knocks. says:

    Good, drag them off to court kicking and screaming.

  34. trump supporter says:

    And no incidents please, OUR NEW HOSPITAL is full…

  35. Pat says:

    Onion you are a slave to your own narrowmindedness and hatred… pity really.

  36. the truth will set you free says:

    Apartheid was legal, slavery was legal, colonialism was legal. Legality is about power not morals.

  37. bdaboy says:

    “Nelson Mandela was a respected lawyer, Martin Luther King was an Educated Minister,”

    …and you collect welfare from working class people….you have nothing.