Hughes’ laptop found back of her seat
Hours after it was announced that an Apple laptop belonging to Opposition Member of Parliament, Cathy Hughes, had gone missing from inside the dome of the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) where the 2020 budget debates are ongoing, it was found.
The News Room understands that when the sitting was suspended for the afternoon break just after 17:00h, police located the laptop aback the seat where Hughes occupied.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Manzoor Nadir acknowledged that the laptop was found when the sitting resumed.
“I am pleased that aspersions could not be cast on persons within the dome,” he said.
Hughes reported that when the sitting of the National Assembly was suspended just after 12:00h, she packed up her laptop and files, placed then into her briefcase and left for lunch.
She said upon returning when she opened the briefcase to take out her belongings, only her files were there and not her laptop.
Nadir called in the police to conduct an investigation and went as far as threatening to search all persons, including Members of Parliament (MPs), as the Apple laptop could not be found.
It was at this juncture that the Speaker announced that the two surveillance cameras in the dome are not operable.
“We got to get that fixed immediately,” he added.