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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Constitution (Amendment)
Bill will now find its way back to the
Lower House after the Independent
Liberal Party (ILP) failed in its appeal
over the constitutional motion it filed
to challenge the passing of the bill in
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
said yesterday while the debate on the
bill in the House of Representatives
did not depend on court proceedings,
the Government had decided to "hold
In a press conference yesterday
Ramlogan announced that judges in
the Court of Appeal had rejected the
ILP's appeal and ordered the party to
pay the legal fees incurred by the State.
In a press release yesterday, the ILP
said it would appeal the decision to
the Privy Council. The party must file
the appeal within 21 days.
Asked about the possibility of a fur-
ther appeal yesterday, Ramlogan said
he felt confident no court would sanc-
tion what he described as an imper-
missible and illegitimate transgression
on the constitutional jurisdiction of
He said nothing had stopped the
bill from going forward but out of
respect for the claim filed in the High
Court, the Government had held its
"We have allowed this matter to
germinate in the public," Ramlogan
said, adding he felt the public had
accepted and understood the bill.
Ramlogan said it would now come
up for debate in Parliament as the
Government had fully supported the
amendments made in the Senate.
"It's a formality that it would come
up in the Lower House in due course
so that it could be debated and passed."
Ramlogan called the ILP's action
premature and prejudicial and criticised
the party for challenging the bill before
it had even been passed.
Ramlogan, who appeared for the
State with attorney Zelica Haynes Soo-
Hoon, said while for an Attorney Gen-
eral to represent the State in a legal
challenge was unusual, it was not
He felt it was important to appear
in his own right as it involved a very
serious interplay between the legislative
arm of the State and the Judiciary.
He added: "I felt it was a matter
that touched and concerned the very
architecture and structure of our Con-
stitution, that could be violated and
structured in a way that would be dif-
ficult to repair if this case were to pro-
ceed in a manner where one was to
proceed with the invitation to the Judi-
ciary, via this motion, for it to com-
ment and make declarations on a mat-
ter that is still before the Parliament."
Appeal Court throws out ILP's lawsuit
Way eased for passage of runoff bill
Members of the lobby group, Proj-
ect 40, said yesterday they were opti-
mistic their meeting with President
Anthony Carmona today would have
a positive outcome.
Carmona is expected to meet three
of its members at President's House,
St Ann's, at 11.30 am.
Spokesman for the group Gerry
Williams said he and his colleagues---
Khalil Hassanali and Alyssa Rostant
--- who will attend the meeting, were
prepared and "will be going along the
line of mediation. That is what we
hope to achieve out of it."
The group, which was formed by
mainly young people, supports the
Highway Re-route Movement and its
leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, calling
for work on the Debe to Mon Desir
segment of the extension of the
Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point
Fortin to stop.
Chike Pilgrim, another member of
the movement, said Carmona's will-
ingness to meet with them was a good
"We feel it is a positive move. It is
also good that our leaders are willing
to hear us out. We hope the other
leaders will take an example from him
(Carmona)," Pilgrim added.
Phil Carr and Robin Ramdeen com-
pleted Day 29 of the relay fast at
Kublalsingh's camp outside the Office
of the Prime Minister, St Clair, yes-
Carr, who spent several years in
London, and Ramdeen, a graphic
artist, called for an end to corruption
at all levels in government.
Kublalsingh yesterday repeated his
terms, saying once the Government
agrees to an independent mediator,
halts work on the project for a week,
considers the alternative route sub-
mitted by the HRM and the recom-
mendations of the Armstrong report,
he will suspend his hunger strike,
now in its 55th day.
On the court matter, he said,
lawyers of the HRM have got condi-
tional leave to appeal to the Privy
Council for it to be heard as soon as
"The HRM is seeking a conserva-
tory order to halt all works between
Debe and Mon Desir pending the out-
come of the substantive matter being
heard before the High Court.
"In the High Court, the constitu-
tionality of the State's actions and
decision to build the Debe to Mon
Desir are being tested," Kublalsingh
He said the next hearing was Jan-
uary 2015 and the matter was still at
the stage of evidential objections so
it was unlikely it would be concluded
"In the present circumstances, by
the time the courts make a decision,
the Debe to Mon Desir highway would
have already been built.
"That is why the HRM cannot rely
solely on the courts. The matter has
been before the courts since August
2012," he explained.
Project 40 team meets
with Carmona today PROFESSOR ON SHOW
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