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Three new members have
been appointed to the
A release from the court
said the new members are
Melvin Daniel, Neil A.
Mohammed and Roger
Jugmohan. They were
appointed on Tuesday. Daniel
has served as a magistrate of
the High Court for the last 13
years while Jugmohan is an
economist and statistician.
Mohammed is a chartered
accountant and a lawyer.
The new members, the
release said, will preside in the
general services division of the
In photo, president of the
Industrial Court Deborah
Thomas-Felix stands with from
left Neil A. Mohammed, Roger
Jugmohan and Melvin Daniel
Despite being cleared of misconduct allega-
tions by both the Ministry of Education and
the Teaching Service Commission (TSC), the
principal of the St Barbara s Spiritual Shouter
Baptist Primary School Pamela Hunt is still
persisting with her lawsuit challenging the
legality of the school s Board not to allow her
on the compound back in July.
Hunt and her lawyer Christopher Sieuchand
appeared in the Port-of-Spain High Court yes-
terday for a status hearing of her judicial review
lawsuit challenging the conduct of the Council
of Elders Spiritual Baptist Shouters Faith of
T&T and its leader Episkopus Archbishop Bar-
bara Gray-Burke in barring her from the Maloney
school since late July. Hunt is due to retire in
Hunt filed the lawsuit and was granted leave
to proceed with it, during an emergency hearing
during the Judiciary s annual summer vacation
When the case was called by High Court
judge Carol Gobin yesterday, attorney for the
Education Ministry and the TSC, Donna Prow-
ell-Raphael, informed the court that her client s
had conducted an investigation which resulted
in Hunt being cleared of all the misconduct
allegations for allegedly breaching the board s
Prowell-Raphael refered to a letter to the
board from the TSC dated August 27 in which
the outcome of the investigation was revealed
and a request was made that the board allow
Hunt to continue to perform her duties at the
While Sieuchand accepted that the ministry
and the TSC position solved the major issue of
his client s employment status, he said the issue
of the legality of the board s conduct in discipling
Hunt was yet to be addressed.
Burke and the school s board is being repre-
sented by Rajiv Persad.
The case was adjourned to October 21 and
will now be heard by Justice Robin Mohammed.
Hunt returned to the school this week accom-
panied by a school supervisor.
Ministry officials confirmed that besides the
school supervisor, school safety officers from
the ministry were deployed at the school prior
to her arrival at the school each day last week.
Three Venezuelans had to be hospitalised
after appearing in court to answer drug
trafficking charges yesterday.
Gregoio Quijada, Luis Alberto Sanchez
and Alejandro Noreiga were taken for emer-
gency treatment, moments after they
appeared before magistrate Halcyon Yorke-
Young in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate s
Yorke-Young made the order after their
attorney, Criston J Williams, said his clients
were suffering from different medical con-
ditions which would be exacerbated if they
were sent to the Remand Yard at the Port-
of-Spain State Prison.
He said the three had been taken to hos-
pital shortly after being arrested, along with
three other Venezuelans, in a pirogue off
the coast of Grande Riviere last week Thurs-
day, but were turned away by doctors, who
told them to return this week.
Quijada is said to be suffering from com-
plications from a hernia operation he had
several months ago while Sanchez is com-
plaining of issues with his colon.
Williams said Noriega has major swelling
to one of his legs, an injury he claimed he
suffered after being beaten while being inter-
rogated by local law-enforcement officials.
The other men, who also appeared in
court yesterday, are Ignacio Jose Cedeno,
Luis Eduardo Rondon Marin and Ulman
Elu Martinez Lopez. All of them are from
Guiria Estado Sucre in Venezuela.
Although Yorke-Young agreed that the
men should be immediately taken for treat-
ment, she said she could not grant them
bail as their Interpol criminal tracing was
not available during yesterday s hearing.
She said she would reconsider her posi-
tion when the tracing is presented on their
second court appearance, next Thursday.
The three ill men will be kept under police
guard at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital
until they are discharged, when they will
be remanded to prison with their three co-
The six Venezuelans are facing charges
of trafficking 58 kilos of marijuana, importing
a prohibited substance into T&T, attempting
to dump the marijuana overboard to avoid
seizure and possession of 50 rounds of
assorted ammunition. The drugs had an
estimate street value of $754,000,police
The accused men are also being repre-
sented by Alexia Romero.
Venezuelans in hospital
after court hearing
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