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A High Court judge yesterday halted the
extradition proceedings against former gov-
ernment minister Jack Warner pending the
outcome of his lawsuit challenging its legal-
ity.At a hearing in the High Court in Port-
of-Spain, Justice James Aboud gave Warner
the green light to pursue his judicial review
lawsuit challenging his extradition to the
United States where he faces fraud and
money-laundering charges related to his two
decades at Fifa as a vice-president.
Warner in his claim is questioning the
procedure adopted by the Office of the Attor-
ney General in signing off on the US s request
for his extradition made in May, last year, at
the end of the US Department of Justice s
investigation into world football s governing
As part of his ruling, Aboud granted Warner
a stay of his ongoing extradition proceedings
currently before Chief Magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar, which will expire after Aboud
decides on the legality and constitutionality
of his extradition.
While Warner raised three grounds in his
lawsuit, Aboud said he was only allowed to
pursue two as the third had no "real prospect
The main ground allowed by Aboud is
where Warner s attorneys are alleging that
this country s extradition treaty with the US
contradicts the Extradition (Commonwealth
and Foreign Territories) Act. They are claiming
that in passing the act, Parliament afforded
citizens certain protections which are ignored
by the international treaty.
In the second, Warner is complaining that
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi failed to give
his attorneys a fair opportunity to make rep-
resentations to him before he signed off on
the Authority to Proceed, which was required
to kick off the proceedings before Ayers-
Shortly after taking over the case from his
predecessor Garvin Nicholas in September,
last year, Al-Rawi extended the option to
Warner. However, his attorneys allegedly
refused as they said it was made a day before
Al-Rawi was required to approve the extra-
"I suspect that there were certain strategies
involved. I want to look beyond these and
see how genuine the parties were," Aboud
In his third ground, which was struck out
by Aboud, Warner was alleging that Al-Rawi
may have been biased in making his decision
as he was influenced by private attorneys
hired by his office s Central Authority to seek
the US s interest in the case.
"There is no evidence to impugn the char-
acter of the new AG," Aboud said, as he
rejected the ground. Aboud s decision to
remove the ground from the substantive case
is expected to be appealed by Warner.
After approving his case, Aboud stated
that he was willing to expedite it to ensure
Warner "knew his fate" within the shortest
"I am going to fix a tight schedule. I expect
that everyone will cooperate with the sched-
ule," Aboud said. Senior Counsel Douglas
Mendes, representing the AG, agreed with
Aboud s suggestion as he said that the case
should not be delayed since Warner s com-
plaints include a four-month delay by the
AG in signing off on the extradition.
Aboud s statement struck a chord with
Warner s lawyer Fyard Hosein, SC, who ques-
tioned the need to "rush the case."
"I do not know why this case should take
priority over the case of thousands of other
citizens just because a foreign country has
made a request. It defies common sense,"
Hosein said, as he noted that his team needed
time to research complex issues in the case
and to gather expert witnesses.
"This is not an ordinary case. We are not
engaged in a game of procrastination," Hosein
In response, Aboud explained that it was
his policy to treat extradition cases as a pri-
ority, but agreed to apply normal timelines
used in judicial review cases to Warner s.
Warner s attorneys were given two weeks to
file their substantive case and witness state-
ments, with the State being given two weeks
from them in which to respond.
The parties are expected to return to court
on February 26 for the start of the case.
Warner is also being represented by Nyree
Alfonso, Rishi Dass and Anil Maraj, while
Michael Quamina is appearing alongside
Although Gulf View barber Robert Boyd complied
with a bandit s instruction to hand over his phone
and money on Thursday night, he was still shot in
Boyd remained warded in a stable condition at the
San Fernando General Hospital, yesterday, as police
continued to search for the bandits.
A report stated that Boyd, 28, and Jonathan Ragbir,
31, an engineer of Palmiste, were liming at Happy
Restaurant and Bar along Southern Main Road, La
Romaine, when around 10.30 pm three men walked
in, one armed with a gun.
The men approached the victims and robbed Boyd
of a cell phone and cash, whereas Ragbir was robbed
of $1,000 and US$50.
When the robbers were finished searching their
victims, the gunman shot Boyd in his right leg and
ran to a waiting white Nissan Tiida and escaped.
PC Ali is continuing investigations.
JW and Blaze perform
during the Eye Slam
featuring Bunji Garlin,
Fay Ann Lyons-
Alvarez and the
Empire at Hutt Shutts
shot by bandit
David Ramnarine, 28, of
Sisters Road, Hard Bargain,
was seated in his silver Nissan
Tiida awaiting two friends.
Police said that around 9.45
pm, two gunmen snuck up and
ordered him out of the car.
He was made to lie on the
road and the gunmen stole his
cellphone and wallet valued
$200, which also had $200
They escaped in the car,
which police later recovered in
Marabella gas station
Police said that around 6
pm on Thursday, Richard
Himraj, 26, a supervisor at K
Ramjattan Gas Station at
Beaumont Park, Pointe-a-
Pierre Road, Marabella, was
conducting sales when two
men, one armed with a gun,
ran in and announced a hold-
up.He was robbed of $10,000
in sales. PC Smith is contin-
...green light to challenge legality
Judge halts Warner's extradition
Warner, 72, of Cynthia Drive, Five Rivers,
Arouca, is accused of 12 charges related to
fraud, racketeering and 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
June 2011 when Warner quit Fifa.
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, conducted by the
US Federal Bureau of Investigation and
Department of Justice.
Warner surrendered to police in May after
a provisional warrant was issued for his
arrest when US authorities announced the
conclusion of their extensive investigation.
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. Former AG Garvin Nicholas failed to sign
off on the Authority to Proceed during his
brief tenure. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi
requested an extension of time to consider
In 2013, Warner resigned from his post of
national security minister and UNC chairman
after the publication of a report from
Concacaf's Integrity Committee showing
financial mismanagement during his long
tenure as the regional body's president.
Warner also resigned as Chaguanas West
MP but later regained the seat in a by-
He then formed the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) but resigned as its leader after it
failed to secure any seats in the September 7
New Grant man robbed of car
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