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Attorneys representing ILP leader Jack
Warner claim the extradition matter against
their client has been sidelined by the Attor-
ney General Garvin Nicholas as he is con-
testing the Diego Martin Central constituen-
cy in the upcoming September 7 general
During the court hearing yesterday Warner s
lead attorney Senior Counsel Fyard Hosein
said attorney Brent Hallpike wrote to the
defence seeking to have the matter adjourned
after the election.
Prior to this, special state prosecutor Israel
Khan SC asked for an adjournment stating
that the case was a complexed one with inter-
national players and that the AG is yet to sign
the Authority to Proceed clearing the way for
the matter to officially begin.
Khan was boisterous in his objection to
Hosein making known the contents of the
correspondence between both sides of the
He urged Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-
Caesar not to allow Hosein to use the court
as a "political soap box for political advance-
On the last court date Warner said he would
have filed for judicial review in the matter
claiming political bias against him.
Hosein said since his client was arrested
on a provisional warrant, the State has made
it clear that the matter is urgent and he was
amazed that it took 58 days before the record
of the case was made available and a further
35 days and still there has been no order given
He said that the manner Khan was operating
was not fitting for the profession.
He said he was entitled to inform the court
of the correspondence and claimed that the
State was being "disingenuous."
"It is wrong for Mr Khan to behave the
way he is, Mr Warner is an eminent citizen
of this country and he has not been convicted.
The Chief Magistrate then adjourned the
matter to September 21 with a stipulation
that on or before September 16 the Attorney
General will indicate whether the extradition
matter will proceed.
Warner, 72, of Cynthia Drive, Five Rivers,
Arouca, faces 12 charges related to fraud, rack-
eteering and illegal wire transfers.
The offences are alleged to have taken place
in the US, T&T and other jurisdictions 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
The board of the Evolving Technologies
and Enterprise Development Company Ltd
(eTecK) is denying allegations of political
interference in its ongoing arbitration pro-
ceedings with mega contractor Super Indus-
trial Services Limited (SIS).
Speaking at a press conference at the Hilton
Trinidad and Conference yesterday evening,
eTecK s corporate communications manager
Carol-Ann McKenzie firmly denied allegations
from Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader,
who this week claimed that the board of the
company was compelled by a Government
minister to settle the legal proceedings with
"For the past 17 months eTecK and its legal
team have taken and continue to take all meas-
ures to vigorously defend its position in the
on-going arbitration proceedings commenced
against it by SIS," MeKenzie said.
"In keeping with our engineering consultants
valuation and recommendation process, no
claim has ever been paid to any contractor that
our engineering consultants did not recommend
or approve," she added.
Stating that the State-run organisation was
warned not to comment extensively on the
matter to avoid tainting the proceedings which
come up for hearing in October, McKenzie
refused to reveal the details of the contract,
from which the legal dispute arose.
"eTecK has always been, and will continue
to be, committed to the highest standards of
accountability and transparency in the discharge
of its duties and fulfillment of its mandate,"
Suspected arson is being blamed for a
fire which claimed the lives of the alleged
perpetrator and his aunt at Vistabella on
An attempt by Christine Niamath, 66,
to escape the fire failed as debris fell on her
head, burning her and her nephew, Sheldon
Jadoo, 35, to death. Fire officers found the
charred remains of Niamath, a cashier of
Jarvis Street Extension near the window of
her bedroom while Jadoo s remains were
found in the living room.
Niamath s daughter, Colette Crawford,
23, and her other nephew Mark Jadoo, 45,
escaped death by jumping through a win-
dow. However, neighbours said it was impos-
sible to re-enter the wooden house as the
fire was uncontrollable.
Police said the fire began around 11.23
pm when the family heard someone shout
out "the house on fire." Crawford jumped
through a window first and was followed
by Mark who received serious burns and
had to be taken to the San Fernando General
However, Christine and Sheldon were
unable to escape the blaze and were sub-
sequently found dead after firefighters from
the Mon Repos Fire Station extinguished
Christine s brother, Terrence James Nia-
math, who lives in the area, said he came
out his house around 11.30 pm and heard
the crackling noises from the fire. When he
looked across, he saw a lot of smoke and
Crawford running from the house.
"I saw my niece running and I ask "Where
is my sister?" I thought she escaped and
went. Then my neighbour told me that she
jump out of a window and landed on the
ground and hit her head. She jumped about
15 or 20 feet.
"Mark Jadoo, the one who died, that is
his brother. I can t say how badly they were
burned but I understand they had to jump
through a window. I heard she told her
daughter jump, and she jumped after. But
when she jumped she hit her head and the
building collapsed on her and that was it,"
Terrence said. He said Sheldon was mentally
ill and had threatened to burn the house
several times before.
Lawyers argue over delay to proceed
Jack's extradition hearing back in court...
in SIS arbitration
Ruins from yesterday's fire which claimed the lives of
Sheldon Jadoo and Christine Niamath at Vistabella.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Two die in Vistabella fire
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