Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 13th 2017 Contents No date yet for PM,
No date has been fixed for the
expected meeting between the
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
and Opposition Leader Kamla
officials indicated yesterday.
On Monday, Prime Minister Keith
Rowley announced he had written
Persad-Bissessar that day seeking a
"private meeting for preliminary dis-
cussion on selected matters of national
The meeting is proposed to be with-
in the week---July 12 to 19---at
a Parliament office. He said
the matters selected are, in his
view, "areas in which the Op-
position should be engaged."
That same night, Per-
sad-Bissessar, at a meeting
in Bamboo Village, said she
would attend the meeting and
noted matters which she hoped dis-
cussions could focus on, including a
tribunal to find out "who was telling
the truth" in current judiciary issues.
Yesterday, there was no word from
the PM's office or the Opposition's
direction on if a date had been agreed
upon for the meeting and whether it
might be tomorrow or early next week
guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 13, 2017
Over a year after the Privy Council ruled that the repeal
of the controversial Section 34 of Administration of Justice
(Indictable Proceedings) Act was lawful, 23 persons and four
companies who applied for dismissal of their cases under the
short-lived legislation yesterday withdrew their applications.
High Court judge Mira Dean-Armorer yesterday granted permis-
sion attorneys for the applicants leave to withdraw their applications,
which were filed almost five years ago but remained untouched
as they unsuccessfully sought to challenge Parliament's
decision to repeal the legislation within a month of
it being proclaimed.
"These matters were forgotten," Dean-Armorer said
as she went through the list of applicants.
Dean-Armorer did not order the applicants to pay
the legal costs incurred by the Office of the Director
of Public Prosecutions (DPP), as their attorneys did
not request that it be compensated.
The applications withdrawn are: Russell Huggins,
Renee Pierre, Anderson and Sherwin Meharris, Am-
rith Maharaj, Aman Harripersad, Collin Catlyn, Oswald
Catlyn, Ishwar Galbaransingh, Northern Construction
Ltd, Carlos John, Ameer Edoo, Steve Ferguson, Brian
Kuei Tung, Barbara Gomes, John Henry Smith, Brent
Alvarez, Carlton Roop, Dane Lewis, Montgomery Diaz,
Maritime Life Caribbean, Sadiq Baksh, Fidelity Finance
and Leasing Co Ltd, Basdeo and Oma Panday, Maritime General
and Krishna Persad versus George Nicholas.
The withdrawals are significant as they brought to an end one
of the most controversial pieces of legislation in recent history.
The act sought to abolish preliminary inquiries for serious crim-
inal matters. It provided that if cases had not been started within
ten years of the date an offence had been committed, the accused
could apply to have the matter dismissed. After Section 34 was
proclaimed on August 31, 2012, approximately 42 applicants filed
motions to have their criminal cases dismissed.
A report on the potential impact of the legislation on the cas-
es of persons on fraud charges arising out of the construction of
the $1.6 billion Piarco International Airport was published by this
newspaper causing massive public uproar.
The legislation was repealed by Parliament on September 12 that
year rendering the unheard applications null and void.
One of the political casualties was Justice Minister Herbert Vol-
ney who was blamed for misleading Cabinet to believe the early
proclamation was sanctioned by the Chief Justice and the Director
of Public Prosecutions. He was fired from the Cabinet and even-
tually resigned from the People's Partnership, paving the way for
Although similar legal challenges were filed by the oth-
er applicants against the repeal , it was agreed during a
preliminary hearing that the cases of businessmen Steve
Ferguson, Ameer Edoo and three insurance companies
would be used as a test case which would decide the fate
of the other applicants.
In their lawsuit, the group was alleging that the repeal
was contrary to the principle of separation of powers and
the rule of law and breached their constitutional right to due pro-
cess of law. They were also claiming that the repeal was unfair as
it directly targeted it and that it is "disproportionate and unjust"
because of its retrospective effect.
Dean-Armorer was assigned to hear both their applicants and
subsequent lawsuits. In April 2013, Dean-Armorer dismissed the
Her decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal and then by
the Privy Council, who dismissed the applicant's final appeal in
January, last year.
after Artie's robbery
Police investigating the armed
robbery at Artie's Meats in Die-
go Martin last weekend have been
forced to defer the court appear-
ance of two suspects as they inves-
tigate whether they (the suspects)
were responsible for other recent
robberies in west Trinidad.
Investigators had charged the
15-year-old and 20-year-old suspects
with the robbery on Monday and were
expected to take them to court to an-
swer the charges the following day.
However, their plans were derailed
as several other persons, who saw pic-
tures of the suspects on social media,
came forward to report that they may
have been robbed by the same sus-
pects on previous occasions.
The suspects were being placed on
identification parades in relation to
the separate crimes, up to late yes-
They are expected to be taken to
court after the additional investi-
gations are completed later this
According to a police
report, at about 2.30 pm
masked men entered
the establishment and
They then ordered staff and
customers including comedienne
Nikki Crosby and her husband onto
the floor and proceeded to relieve
them of their personal valuables,
including items of jewelry,
cellular phones, and cash.
The men also stole an
undisclosed amount of
cash from the register be-
The men were later held
by police after a shoot-out.
Officers also recovered a
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