Rus­sell’s vi­o­la­tion hear­ing con­tin­ues

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

West Indies all-rounder’s lawyer re­mains con­fi­dent

LEAD COUN­SEL Pa­trick Fos­ter con­tin­ued his cross ex­am­i­na­tion of Na­dia Vas­sell, Ja­maica An­ti­Dop­ing Com­mis­sion (JADCO) where­abouts of­fi­cer and di­rec­tor of tech­ni­cal ser­vices, dur­ing yes­ter­day’s hear­ing into the where­abouts clause vi­o­la­tion of Ja­maica and West Indies all­rounder An­dré Rus­sell at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Fos­ter fo­cused his ar­gu­ments on pro­ce­dural breaches by point­ing to mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ques­tion­able meth­ods of com­mu­ni­ca­tion used by JADCO in con­tact­ing Rus­sell and his agent, Will Quinn, for ex­ten­sion dead­lines, es­pe­cially, from the pe­riod July 20 to 24th (2015), in re­gards to the al­le­ga­tions against the West Indies crick­eter.

“I fin­ished the cross-ex­am­i­na­tion of Ms Na­dia Vas­sell on the fil­ing fail­ures al­le­ga­tions. I just ex­plored the pro­ce­dures adopted by JADCO in record­ing the fil­ing fail­ures, and I did that in back­ground with the rules just to make the panel un­der­stand what the process is and if there was com­pli­ance with the rules,” he told The Gleaner.

“That is the crit­i­cal is­sue, whether there was a fil­ing Ja­maica and West Indies crick­eter An­dré Rus­sell makes a note dur­ing a re­cent Ja­maica Anti-Dop­ing Dis­ci­plinary Panel hear­ing at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Kingston. fail­ure and whether JADCO reached that con­clu­sion in the ap­pro­pri­ate way in com­pli­ance with the rules, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to the July to Septem­ber quar­ter where is­sues arise as to whether they have the right to make two fil­ing fail­ures or one,” he added.

When the hear­ing re­sumes on Oc­to­ber 6, Fos­ter will con­tinue his cross ex­am­i­na­tion of JADCO wit­nesses Carey Brown, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, and Tahje Smith.

Fol­low­ing his ques­tion­ing of those two wit­nesses, Rus­sell’s team will then open its case, and Rus­sell is ex­pected to give ev­i­dence.

“The next wit­nesses to be called are Mr Carey Brown and Mr Ta­jae Smith on be­half of JADCO. But we are mov­ing on with the case af­ter those two wit­nesses are fin­ished, and we will open our case and Mr Rus­sell will give ev­i­dence. We are look­ing for­ward to giv­ing ev­i­dence and have the mat­ter closed and move on. But it (case) is still un­fold­ing, and I will leave that ’til the end,” he said.

At the last hear­ing, Vas­sell told Fos­ter that a re­minder was first sent to Rus­sell through a let­ter on July 6, 2015. Rus­sell was given an ex­ten­sion to file his where­abouts by July 13, 2015 and on July 20, he (Vas­sell) sent an­other email to the crick­eter ask­ing him to file his where­abouts by July 24.

That is the crit­i­cal is­sue, whether there was a fil­ing fail­ure and whether JADCO reached that con­clu­sion in the ap­pro­pri­ate way in com­pli­ance with the rules ...

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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