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NO DEBATE ON MOTION AGAINST THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
IN THE MATTER OF THE STATUTORY DECLARATIONS ACT
Affidavit against No Confidence Motion to be filed on Friday 13th March, 2015, against the
Leader of The Opposition
I, Patrick Hamilton Bynoe, of Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, in the island of Trinidad in the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, do solemnly and sincerely declare as follows:
That I am a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago
1. I am the declarant herein. That no Locus Standi exists in order to bring a motion of no
confidence in the House of Representatives, on Friday, the 13th day of March, 2015,
against the Leader of The Opposition, Dr. Keith C. Rowley. The motion is unprecedented,
unconstitutional and a breach of common law and the integrity in public life act. In addi-
tion to bring such a motion would be against the standing order No. 34 on matters to be
debated. The reasons for making these assertions are because, the matter involving the
former Attorney General, Anand Rarnlogan S.C. and the Leader of the Opposition , Dr. K.
Rowley, is a private defamation suit filed before the court of Trinidad and Tobago. This mat-
ter is therefore sub judice and as such the filing of a motion of no confidence is not with-
out prejudice to the case pending before the court. Hence, it should not be made a sub-
ject of debate in the Lower House. The Speaker of the House is cognizant of the sub
judice rule and its application.
2. That the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago is the forum to debate the legislative agenda
and matters related thereto. That it is in the national interest of Trinidad and Tobago that
the Parliament continues to be the Guardian of the Democracy of Trinidad and Tobago.
3. That Government officials are subject to the rules of conduct that it commands from us as
citizens and government must be exemplars. If the government acts like a law breaker, it
invites every man, woman and child to become a law unto himself. Any expose before the
conclusion of a trial is not Parliamentary and would be a breach of privilege. The Prime
Minister, in an article by Anna Raindass of the Daily Express of Tuesday10th March, 2015,
is quoted as saying 'Clearly any reasonable person would see that Dr. Rowley had a
possible or perceived conflict of interest in that there was either an opportunity or a per-
ceived opportunity, either directly or indirectly, to further his private interest in securing Mr.
West's continued co-operation in giving evidence to support his defence and possibly to
appear in court at the trial to be cross-examined.' In addition, she is quoted as saying 'The
motion of no confidence in the Opposition Leader will give those in the opposition bench-
es a chance to stand up with the government and be counted for what is right, or toe the
P.N.M. party line and go down in history as condoning and supporting what is clearly 'obvi-
4. That the Speaker should not allow himself to be drawn into the legal 'gayelle' with these
motives referred to in Clause 3, above. The genesis of the defamation suit has raised a
question about government offices and officials involved in alleged illegal conduct. In a
case: Olmstead vs The U.S 227/USA 438 (1928) A case about government offices illegally
tapping telephones, the court said: Decency, Security and Liberty alike, demand that gov-
ernment officials shall be subject to the same rules of conduct that it commands to the cit-
izens. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to
observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent, teacher. For
good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example.
5. That Crime is contagious if the government becomes the Lawbreaker, it breathes
contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
6. The general sentiment of the government as teacher, is relevant to government's activities.
7. That the laws emanating from the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago apply to the
government also and be only be checked and balanced by the citizens, the Constitution
and the Courts of Law. The matter is sub judice and as such should not be ignored by The
Speaker of The House of Parliament, so let the Courts rule.
And I make this declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and according to
the Statutory Declarations Act, and I am aware if there is any statement in this declaration
which is false in fact, which I know or believe to be false or do not believe to be true, I am liable
to a fine or imprisonment.
SIGNED AND DELIVERED TO BY
within named PATRICK H. BYNOE
at 131 Duke Street, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
This 10th day of March in the year 2015
The mother of miss-
ing San Fernando busi-
Mohammed says a
report in a daily news-
paper that the body of
a man found in Mara-
cas may be her son is
inaccurate and hurtful.
In an interview with
the T&T Guardian,
expressed shock that an
article in another daily
newspaper states police
believe the body to be
that of her son.
"It is very wrong, I
don t know where they
(newspaper) got that
"I was very upset to
wake up this morning
and see that report.
I don t even want to
talk to anyone right
Kirby, 42, was
reported missing on
On Tuesday the body
of a man of East Indian
descent, clad in blue
jeans, was found about
30 feet down a
Kirby's mom: It's not my son
precipice on the North
Coast road Maracas.
The discovery was made
two days after a man, who
was wanted for questioning
in Kirby s disappearance,
was detained by Eastern
Mohammed said she
believed her family was
being exploited by some
members of the media.
"I can t deal with this
again, this is ridiculous. You
don t do these things to
people just to sell a news-
paper," she said. "I never
told her (reporter) that was
my son I don t know where
she got that information."
She added that when she
contacted the officers
investigating her son s dis-
appearance, she was told
they had no suspicions that
the body was that of Kirby.
A lead investigator in the
case says information in
another daily newspaper
that a body found is Mara-
cas is that of Kirby, did not
come from the police.
The investigator said his
division had not confirmed
that the body was that of
the missing designer.
The Horticultural Services Division
of the Ministry of Food Production is
repeating calls to the public to stop
parking and driving on the grassy sur-
faces of the Queen s Park Savannah.
Despite a sign warning the public
against parking on the Savannah grass,
everyday restaurant patrons and visitors
to other businesses around the Savannah
park on its surface. In an interview yes-
terday Agriculture Officer 1 at the divi-
sion, Yohann Govia, said work was being
conducted on the Savannah to build box
drains and a sand track for joggers.
The large piles of sand situated in the
northern part of the Savannah is for the
sand track. He said, however, the effects
of parking in the Savannah were evident.
"People park there and because of that
the soil has compacted and that com-
promises the Savannah and contributes
"There is a big sign saying do not
park in the Savannah and people just
ignore it," she added. (KC)
Don't park in
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