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The PNM s screening team will screen nom-
inees for Chaguanas East, Diego Martin Central
and San Juan/Barataria next Wednesday, PNM
general secretary Ashton Ford said yesterday.
Next Monday is the deadline for submission of
nominees for all three seats.
Chaguanas East has to return to screening fol-
lowing the withdrawal of former candidate Diane
Baldeo-Chadeesingh on Tuesday.
Ford said the remainder of Chaguanas East
nominees will be re-screened and a selection
made. Those nominees are Nal Ramsingh, Clyde
Seepersad, Kelman Kowlessar and Deowattie
Ford said he had not received any nominees yet
for San Juan/Barataria or for Diego Martin Central.
The executive of the latter was due to decide
on nominees by today. PNM San Juan/Barataria
chairman Joe Ross did not answer calls on whether
the unit had any new nominees after two previous
A 28-year-old man Laventille man has been
acquitted of kidnapping and robbing a Nigerian
doctor in 2007.
It took a nine-member jury in the Port-of-Spain
Sixth Criminal Court less than half-an-hour to
return with the unanimous verdict for Oswald
Daly, of St Barb s, Laventille, yesterday.
Despite his legal victory, Daly did not walk out
of the Hall of Justice to greet his family as presiding
Judge Althea Alexis-Windsor immediately remand-
ed him back into custody as he still faces several
other unrelated criminal charges.
Daly was before Alexis-Windsor charged with
abducting 37-year-old cardiovascular surgeon Dr
Oritsetimeyin Esimaje on December 29, 2007.
During Daly s three week trial, Esimaje testified
that around 4.30 am he went to pick up a friend
at Waterman Road, Belmont.
As he sat in his car waiting on the friend to
come outside, Esimaje was allegedly confronted
by three gunmen in military fatigues, two of whom
were wearing ski masks.
The doctor claimed the men got into the car,
threatened him and forced him to drive to a remote
area off St Francois Valley Road.
His attackers bound his arms and legs with his
shoelaces before they robbed him of his wallet,
cellphone and the keys to his car, which they used
to flee the scene.
Esimaje told the court that after an hour he
managed to break free from his restraints and
stopped a taxi driver, who took him to the Belmont
Police later recovered his car, which they found
abandoned in a another area of Belmont. Daly was
arrested two months later and was charged after
Esimaje identified him as the unmasked gunman.
In his testimony, Esimaje, who migrated to
Trinidad several years before the incident, also
claimed that he had recognised Daly on the day
of the kidnapping as he had treated him at the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital in the past.
While Daly opted to not testify in his defence
to provide a alibi, his lawyers Gideon McMaster
and Joel Roper contested Esimaje s claims as they
questioned his ability to recognise the unmasked
man in poor lighting conditions and the emotional
distress he was under during the ordeal.
Prosecutor Sabrina Dougdeen-Jaglal represented
the State at the trial.
sets were rejected.
The three constituencies are the final
ones to be completed by the Opposition
party preparing for this year s general
Candidates for 38 of the 41 seats are
already in place. Parliament prorogues
for the term on June 17. Government has
said the outermost limit of the term,
three months after, is September.
The ruling PP administration says its
nominees will be screened after the elec-
tion date is announced. Several UNC
frontline MPs will not be contesting, the
UNC confirmed last year.
Chairmen of the COP and UNC began
holding discussions three weeks ago
towards election preparations.
They recently referred the issue of seat
allocations to the political leaders of each
party. PP officials said both were expected
to meet within the next ten days to two
weeks on that.
The UNC resumes its constituency
meetings next Monday in Claxton Bay.
COP chairman Jamison Bahadur said COP
would also resume its constituency meet-
ings later this month and hold these every
On the move by former COP members
Nicole Dyer Griffith, Joe Pires and others
to launch their Alliance of Independents
party in the next two weeks, Bahadur
said he did not think the group would
split COP or PP votes in places like Tuna-
puna, which the group has targeted,
where he said the COP and UNC were
"strong". He said the COP was always
open to talks with all parties.
PNM screening for final 3 seats on Wednesday
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