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JENSEN LA VENDE
Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, who
is wanted in the US on fraud charges stemming
from his time at the football body, says he will
be filing for a judicial review in his extradition
case as it has been politically tainted.
Speaking to the media following his appearance
at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court yesterday,
Warner said he has instructed his attorneys to
make the application before the High Court.
He added that statements made on political plat-
forms by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal and Justice Min-
ister Prakash Ramadhar were all biased against
"When they were saying Why don t you give
up yourself? and so on there were judging me in
the public and they should not have done that.
They are all lawyers and they should know that
they should not have done that.
"The case is tainted and it will be impossible
for me to get a fair hearing," Warner said, adding
that time will tell if his application will yield fruit
or not when asked if he believed he would be suc-
cessful at the High Court.
Warner, 72, of Cynthia Drive, Five Rivers, Arouca,
faces 12 charges related to fraud, racketeering and
illegal wire transfers. The offences are alleged to
have taken place in the US, T&T and other juris-
dictions between 1990 and June 2011 when Warner
quit Fifa. He is currently on $2.5 million bail.
The Independent Liberal Party leader was arrested
on a provisional warrant in May after the US
Department of Justice announced the results of
their investigation into Warner and 13 of his former
colleagues and current Fifa officials.
In court yesterday, Warner s attorney Fyard
Hosein, SC, told Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-
Caesar that there needed to be sufficient time to
review the record of the case, which he said was
some 166 pages.
Hosein said he had offered assistance to Attorney
General Garvin Nicholas to review the case file to
determine if he should proceed at all. He then sug-
gested a date early in September.
One of the State s legal counsels, Israel Khan,
SC, said the State wanted to expedite the matter
but did not object to the case being adjourned to
beyond the time frame he had earlier suggested.
After hearing both sides, the Chief Magistrate
adjourned the case to August 28.
Jack claims bias in
second from right,
ceremony at the
Hilton Trinidad and
The unions for the
bodies signed off on
14 per cent
increases. Also in
photo are, Acting
left, and acting Chief
All prisons throughout T&T
are currently on a "lockdown"
as security measures are
increased, including the instal-
lation of body scanners.
The move comes on the heels
of Friday s prison break in which
prisoners Allan "Scanny" Martin,
Hassan Atwell and Christopher
Selby shot their way to freedom
from the Port-of-Spain Prison,
Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain,
killing police officer Sherman
Maynard as they did so.
A well-placed prison source
yesterday said the "lockdown"
would be in place for at least
the next two weeks and would
affect visits to prison by family
members of prisoners.
Contacted last night, Prison
Officers Association president
Ceron Richards said the height-
ened security measures were
He, however, said his main
concern was that the alleged
accomplice or accomplices to
the prison break, referring to his
own colleagues, are still on duty.
Saying he hoped the relevant
authorities were close enough
to making an arrest, Richards
said: "This is a serious cause for
concern. We are calling for a
thorough investigation because
if those inmates had an accom-
plice or accomplices in uniform,
it is possible that the officer or
officers are still amongst us
working and this will further
compromise the system,"
"All these things they imple-
menting now supposed to have
been done long time ago, but
we expect nothing short of an
Richards said since the situ-
ation on Friday he has heard
nothing from the Commissioner
of Prisons Sterling Stewart.
"His silence is deafening. The
country needs to hear what they
are doing about this situation.
Are they close to making an
"We need to hear from the
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams as well. The
country cannot accept anything
less than the arrest of these offi-
He added that he is afraid that
if the alleged officers, who he
described as murderers, are not
arrested, the association may be
forced to take further and/or
"Right now, some of the offi-
cers are not comfortable working
because this murderer or these
murderers (referring to the
alleged prison officers who
helped the escapees) are still
working like normal and they
must be held. Justice must be
brought swiftly," Richards said.
"That person or people went
into a contract to murder, to
bring in guns and at the end of
that someone could lose their
life because guns involved, and
in this case a life was lost. These
accomplices must be held
because the other officers are
CCTV footage released cap-
tured moments before the prison
break inside the prison and
showed Atwell, 41 and Selby, 30,
running to the main gate point-
ing guns. One of them, keys in
their hands unlocked the gate
and the two ran out followed by
Allan "Scanny" Martin, 42. Mar-
tin was cornered on the com-
pound of the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital where he was
killed. A handgun and cellphone
was recovered near his body.
CCTV footage captured out-
side the prison showed the
escapees shooting at a marked
police vehicle outside the prison.
It was during that attack PC
Maynard was killed.
Selby surrendered to officers
at the Barataria Police Station
on Sunday. Efforts to reach Pris-
ons Commissioner Stewart for
comment yesterday were unsuc-
cessful, as calls to his cellphone
Prison officer/s may have aided escapees---Richards
Representing unions for the
T&T Fire Service, T&T Prison
Service and T&T Police
Service last night signed off
on settlements agreement
agreeing to 14 per cent
The agreements were
made with Chief Personnel
Officer Stephanie Lewis in a
signing ceremony at Hilton
Trinidad last night.
The breakdown is: First
Year, four per cent; Second
Year, four per cent; Third Year,
six per cent.
Richards last night said he
believed that all parties were
happy and feel comfortable
about the settlement.
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