Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 21st 2017 Contents said the inquiry, which has lasted for more than a
decade, would have to be restarted before a new
magistrate as Espinet is due to retire next May.
The men claim Espinet was only empowered to
determine whether there was a prima facie case
made out against them in the inquiry amd had
made numerous statements on their alleged guilt
in her ruling.
The trial is expected to take place later this
year or early next year.
The inquiry, which has been held on Fridays
since its inception, resumed before Espinet in the
Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday with a
case management hearing on how it should pro-
Espinet proposed that additional hearings be
held weekly to complete the inquiry before her
retirement. However, her suggestion was met
with strong opposition from the accused.
Businessman Steve Ferguson described the
move as oppressive and said it was unfair to put
pressure on him and the other accused for ad-
"Pressures are now being forced on us. Four
years went and not a single prosecution witness
was called and now you want to sit no less than
three days per week? I resigned my job for this
case," he said.
Former government ministers Brian Kuei Tung
and Sadiq Baksh said they had dif iculties due to
Former Airports Authority chairman Tyrone
Gopee, 73, said it would be dif icult for him to
attend more than one hearing a week due to his
Lead State Prosecutor Gilbert Peterson, SC,
said he had no problem attending the extra hear-
Before adjourning the case, Espinet asked the
defendants to reconsider their position.
During the hearing Espinet also asked the ac-
cused if they were ready to call defence witnesses
or testify in their defence. The group said they
were ready to proceed but still had to issue sum-
mons to witnesses and of icially ile their witness
Ferguson said he would not testify but intends
to call several witnesses, including public of i-
cials. Fellow businessman Ish Galbaransingh had
previously said he would testify but was not pres-
ent for yesterday's hearing.
The other accused have also signalled their in-
tention to call witnesses.
The inquiry resumes next Friday.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
ABOUT THE CASE
Piarco accused fail in latest
bid to stop inquiry
A group of businessmen, former government ministers
and of icials facing corruption charges over construc-
tion of the $1.6 billion Piarco International Airport
have been refused a stay stopping the protracted pre-
On Thursday, Justice Jacqueline Wilson dismissed
their application to stop the inquiry pending her deter-
mination of their lawsuit challenging Senior Magistrate
Ejenny Espinet's decision not to recuse herself after
she overruled their no case submission at the end of
the prosecution's case in February.
Attorneys for the State and the Of ice of the Direc-
tor of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had objected as they
Steve Ferguson, left and Ishwar Galbaransingh
The men implicated between 2004 and 2005 for alleged
corruption and bid rigging in the airport project between
1995 and 2001. are businessmen Ish Galbaransingh and
Steve Ferguson, former government ministers Sadiq Baksh
and Brian Kuei Tung, former Airport Authority chairman
Tyrone Gopee, Galbarasingh's former employee Amrith
Galbarasingh and Ferguson's companies, Northern
Construction Limited and Martime General Insurance, are
also implicated as parties in the inquiry.
In 2011, High Court Judge Ronnie Boodoosingh quashed
proposed extradition of Galbaransingh and Ferguson
to the United States to face similar charges. Hew ruled
that the inquiry before Espinet was the best forum for
prosecution as the substantive crimes were alleged to
have occurred in this country.
The following year, the accused applied under the
controversial Section 34 of the Administration of Justice
(Indictable Offences) Act for their matters to be dismissed.
They challenged the State after the legislation was
repealed with their applications still pending. However,
their claim was rejected by the High Court, Court of Appeal
and eventually the Privy Council.
The inquiry is approximately seven months away from
completion, with the accused required to identify the
defence witnesses who will testify and be cross-examined.
Since 2012, the 50th Anniversary of Independence Teachers Credit Union has produced an Education Calendar.
The 2012 calendar celebrated 12 persons who served as Head of State or Heads of Government, between 1962 and 2012. Each
month celebrated one of these 12 persons.
January of that frst calendar was associated with the late Dr.Eric Williams. A photograph of the late Prime Minister appeared on
the upper left quarter of the January page, and on the right half there was a summary of the contribution of Dr. Williams to Trini-
dad & Tobago, with the lower left quarter dealing with the month of January.
Teachers Credit Union proposes that either the 2018 or 2019 Calendar should celebrate 12 persons who during the years 1500 to
1950, made outstanding contributions to our nation. However signifcant the contribution, if it was made after 1950, it will not be
For example, the contributions of the late Prime Minister Dr. Eric Williams or of the late President Mr. A.N.R Robinson will not
be entertained as we are dealing only with contributions made between 1500 and 1950, not contributions made after 1950.
Contributions may include Labour, Credit Unionism, Medicine, Education, Law, Politics, Sport, Religion, Art, Science, Mathe-
matics or any other feld of human endeavour.
The Credit Union wishes to involve the Secondary School Students in developing the calendar. We wish to encourage the students
to research the lives of persons who may have contributed to nation building over the 450 years (1500 – 1950), and to submit an
essay on one of these persons for use in the calendar. The essay should be between 300 and 500 words. The student should indi-
cate a source where a drawing or photograph of the person chosen, may be found.
Each of 12 students whose work is selected for inclusion in the calendar will receive a cash prize of $1,250.00.
The student’s work may be edited, but he/she, and the school will be acknowledged in the calendar. Each of the 12 students will
receive 25 calendars, and the schools with which they are associated will each receive 100 calendars.
Entries must be delivered to any of our offces not later than 3:00 pm on Monday 13th November, 2017. Offces are located at:
(1) 68-72 Maraval Road Newtown Port of Spain
(2) 10 Farrah Street San-Fernando
(3) 71 Ojoe Road Sangre Grande 450240
(4) 9 Mc Kay Hill Scarborough Tobago 901028
Entries should be in an envelope addressed to:
THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
TEACHERS CREDIT UNION
No late entries will not be accepted.
Each participating student is asked to print his or her name; the name of his/her school; and the person who is the subject of the
essay in block letters at the top of the frst page of the essay.
This Education Calendar Essay Competition has the approval of the Ministry of Education. Teachers Credit Union thanks all
those students who will consider participating in the production of this calendar.
Management of Teachers Credit Union
TEACHERS CREDIT UNION'S EDUCATION
FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
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