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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Former government minister Jack Warner has
taken a new step in his bid to prevent extradition
to the United States, where he faces a series of
fraud and corruption charges related to his more
than two-decade career in FIFA.
With his extradition proceedings before Chief
Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar yet to commence,
Warner s lawyers last Friday filed a judicial review
claim in which they claimed that extradition
order against their client should be quashed
due to a number of procedural issues in the
handling of the request from the United States.
Through the lawsuit, Warner is seeking an
order quashing his extradition as well as an
interim order putting hearings before Ayers-
Caesar on hold, until it is determined. A
date for the hearing of the application is
yet to be set. However, Warner has his
next hearing before Ayers-Caesar tomor-
Central to their claim is that some of
the offences that Warner is accused of
committing in the US are not classified as
crimes under T&T laws. They are claiming
that in those circumstances Attorney General Faris
Al-Rawi had the discretion to refuse the request.
In the court documents, obtained by the T&T
Guardian, Warner s legal team also cited Al-Rawi s
delay in signing the Authority to Proceed (ATP),
needed to commence the proceedings before Ayers-
Caesar, as a reason for striking out Warner s extra-
Ayers-Caesar had initially set a deadline of September
16 for former attorney general Garvin Nicholas. However,
Al-Rawi had requested an extension shortly after assum-
ing office following the general election on September
7. Al-Rawi eventually signed the document before
Ayers-Caesar could consider granting his request.
About Warner's case
Warner, 72, of Cynthia Drive, Five Rivers, Arouca, is
accused of 12 charges related to fraud, racketeering and
for engaging in illegal wire transfers. The offences are
alleged to have taken place in the United States, T&T
and other jurisdictions between 1990 and when Warner
quit FIFA in June 2011.
He is one of 14 former executives of world football s
governing body who were indicted on a series of charges
after an investigation into corruption in football con-
ducted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
and Department of Justice.
Warner surrendered to police in May after a pro-
visional warrant was issued for his arrest when US
authorities announced the conclusion of their exten-
Warner spent one night on remand at the Port-
of-Spain State Prison before he was able to access
his $2.5 million bail.
It took US authorities almost their entire 60-
day deadline to foward their official request to the
Office of the Attorney General, which is needed
to prepare the authority to proceed. The documents
arrived in T&T in late July.
In 2013, Warner resigned from his post of nation-
al security minister and UNC chairman after the
publication of a report from Concacaf s Integrity
Committee showed financial mismanagement dur-
ing his long tenure as the regional body s
president. Warner also resigned as
Chaguanas West MP but later regained
the seat in a by-election.
He then formed the Independent Lib-
eral Party (ILP) but resigned as its leader
after it failed to secure any seats in Sep-
tember s general election.
A new Commonwealth anti-terrorism body
has been established.
The Commonwealth Countering Violent Extrem-
ism Unit was set up at the end of the three-day
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
(CHOGM) in Malta.
A release from the Office of the Prime Minister yes-
terday said terrorism was one of the areas that brought
Commonwealth leaders attending the meeting togeth-
er.It added: "Commonwealth leaders have agreed on
several issues which affect the grouping collectively and
"Of particular importance was the establishment of
the Commonwealth Countering Violent Extremism Unit,
which has been mandated to advance the Common-
wealth s role in international efforts to counter extremism
through civil society networks and education."
Commonwealth leaders also had agreement on the
issues of corruption and climate change.
"Additionally, climate change was high on the 2015
CHOGM agenda. The leaders acknowledged that 31 of
their members are small states which are particularly
vulnerable to the challenges posed by climate change.
"Corruption was also noted as a significant world
challenge. In this regard, leaders agreed to work together
to strengthen international, regional and national respons-
es to corruption, including enhanced transparency and
collaboration among law enforcement bodies," the release
It said members also welcomed the Addis Ababa
Action Agenda on Financing for Development and
re-affirmed their commitment to support the imple-
mentation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
The CHOGM ended on Sunday after three days
of intensive meetings and special-focus sessions.
T&T s Prime Minister Dr Keith Row-
ley attended the closing executive ses-
sion at the Radisson Golden Sands,
He was scheduled to head to London
yesterday to hold talks with the heads
of BP, British Gas and Royal Dutch Shell
on the local gas shortage matter.
Commonwealth leaders agree:
Dulce Musica box bass player Rupras
Garcia shows off his skills during the
La Fiesta de Lopinot, in Lopinot on
Sunday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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