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The political leader of the Movement for Social
Justice (MSJ) said that no decision had been taken
by the party on whether it would contest the 2015
David Abdulah was addressing attendees of an MSJ
meeting at the Preysal Secondary School, in Couva.
"We are not going to declare just yet whether we
will be contesting the upcoming general election," said
Abdulah. "We have to ensure this election is one where
we can effect change before we decide, so we will
However, Abdulah said there was no way the MSJ
would join forces this time around with the United
National Congress (UNC) as they did in 2010.
The former coalition partner of the People s Part-
nership severed ties in June 2012. Abdulah had accused
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her gov-
ernment of retaining
the old system of
and maintained by
the People s National
Movement of some
40 years. The MSJ
leader argued that he didn t see the current approach
to politics and governance being altered in the near
future, so it was time for his members to paddle their
But, Persad-Bissessar refuted the claims as vacuous
and without a shred of evidence. Speaking on Sunday,
Abdulah said he was determined to adopt a wait and
see approach before declaring whether the MSJ would
take part in the 2015 general elections, Abdulah
announced screening would soon begin for the 2016
local government election.
"This may sound strange now, but the MSJ will be
contesting all 140 local government positions come
2016. We will begin nominations and screening of
candidates in the near future."
Abdulah said the meeting was organised to bring
justice to the citizens. "Right now we are asking every-
one with land issues to come forward, when we done
with that, we will deal with problems in health, employ-
ment etc. We are here to get justice for the people of
Forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov has
described the statements made by pathologist Dr
Hughvon des Vignes against him as the act of a
He made the comment to the T&T Guardian on
Sunday in response to des Vignes threats that he
would resign if Alexandrov s contract was renewed.
During a press conference at the office of his
attorney, Glenda Morean-Phillip, on St Vincent
Street, Port-of-Spain, last Friday, des Vignes claimed
he was the only person in the country qualified to
conduct forensic autopsies.
He said through Morean-Phillip he had written
to the Medical Board seeking information about
Alexandrov s qualifications.
"You don t come here and say you re working in
forensic, so you re a forensic pathologist. Let s see
your qualifications," des Vignes had said, adding
he also had queries about Dr Eslyn McDonald-
Burris, who also performed autopsies at the cen-
tre.But speaking in an interview from Michigan, USA,
Alexandrov said his credentials were above board.
He also accused des Vignes of attempting to hold
the Government to ransom by his threats of with-
holding his services.
It was only because of his continuous efforts and
persistence that the Forensic Science Centre in St
James were brought up to standard, Alexandrov
He said when he arrived in T&T the centre was
in dire need of repairs and more modern equipment.
But he added, it was now state-of-the art.
Alexandrov, who is expected to return to the
country later this month, said he held no ill will
against des Vignes, as he was "bigger than that."
He added that he would also continue to work dili-
gently to ensure the people got service.
"My priority is for the people. I am above all
what Dr des Vignes has said because I know my
credentials are unquestionable. It has not affected
me negatively in any way in serving this country,"
Contacted on the matter Health Minister Dr Fuad
Khan endorsed Alexandrov s qualifications.
"Without a doubt we have examined his creden-
tials and they are above board," Khan added.
In March last year, des Vignes appeared before
a Port-of-Spain magistrate charged for assault by
beating in a case involving Alexandrov at the cen-
My qualifications above
board says Alexandrov
Also speaking at the meeting former attorney
general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj who said he
has joined forces with the MSJ to create their own
"The present legal-aid system is inadequate to
say the least," said Maharaj.
"We will set up a team of junior lawyers to
represent the needs of people who are faced with
land issues in T&T but cannot afford their own
legal representation." Maharaj said these lawyers
would act as an alternative to the legal-aid
LEGAL-AID TEAM AVAILABLE
Dr Valery Alexandrov
MSJ gears up
for 2016 local
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