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Chief justice Ivor Archie is back
in T&T after a trip abroad on per-
sonal business and the Law Asso-
ciation of T&T (LATT), which set
up a committee to investigate al-
legations against him, will be writ-
ing to him on that matter.
"There is a plan to write to
him to respond to the allegations
in due course," LATT president
Douglas Mendes said yesterday.
The Council of the LATT re-
ceived an interim report from
the investigating committee last
week, but Mendes said it has not
yet been sent to the two senior
counsel they retained to deal with
However, the two senior coun-
sel, Eamon Harrison Courtenay, a
former AG of Belize, and Francis
Alexis, president of the Grenada
Bar Association have been sup-
plied with preliminary informa-
Insisting that the LATT "will not
be rushed" , Mendes said: "We will
take as much time as is needed to
do a proper and fair report."
He said the report will not be
presented at a meeting of the
membership scheduled for next
Tuesday because it will not be
ready by then.
"We do not anticipate having
been able to communicate with
the Cj by then," he said.
However, Mendes assured: "We
are not standing still and doing
nothing. We are trying to do as
much as we can."
Retired Chief justice Michael
de la Bastide, commenting on the
matter yesterday, said it would be
"unwise for people to be coming
to judgment without knowledge of
the facts particularly without the
benefit of a response from the Cj."
He told the T&T Guardian: "I
certainly would prefer to refrain
from commenting on his actions
One of the photographs leaked by Dillian Johnson on Monday.
until he gives an account of what
he has to say by way of a defence."
The former Cj said Archie
should respond to the allegations
made against him.
"I am confident that he will. I
think that it would have been bet-
ter if he had responded earlier but
it is not too late," he said.
He is also hoping the report
commissioned by the LATT will
be made public as it "would pro-
vide a sort of comprehensive
statement to what is being alleged
because it is not altogether clear
whether some of the allegations
which have been made by impli-
cation are really seriously being
One of the allegations that the
Cj made recommendations to the
HDC for housing for some peo-
pIe-an allegation which Archie
has confirmed- de la Bastide said
he never made such recommen-
dations when he held the position
and described Archie's actions
"an error of judgement."
He said the question to be an-
swered is whether the error of
judgement was "sufficiently grave
to justify his removal or resigna-
Camille: Pacl<ed agenda as Parliament resumes
Government is yet to decide how
they will proceed with the An-
ti-Gang Bill and election campaign
financing legislation this year.
Yesterday, Leader of Govern-
ment Business Camille Robin-
son-Regis admitted that Parliament
will have a packed agenda in the
coming year, but could not say
how they intended to treat with
the critical bill to help solve crime
and what proposals they will put
forward in tackling election cam-
paign financing legislation.
Already on the Order Paper
to come before Parliament this
month will be the Land Package
and Gambling Control Bills, Robin-
Also, the National Statistical In-
stitute Bill which would make the
Central Statistical Office an inde-
pendent body and the Proceeds of
Crime Act would be debated.
"We will also be dealing with
the Beverage Container Bill and
legislation to deal with Town and
Country Planning Division and
errant developers, as well as leg-
islation to deal with Tobago and
insurance," said Robinson-Regis,
as she outlined some of the bills on
the House's agenda this year.
Robinson-Regis admitted that
Parliament will be very busy in the
next 12 months.
"We have a packed agenda."
With regards to election cam-
paign financing legislation, Robin-
son-Regis said this was "still being
Parliament will resume on janu-
Asked whether Government
bring back the Anti-Gang Bill,
which the Opposition failed to sup-
port late last year?
Robinson-Regis said there was a
six months' time lapse before the
bill can return to Parliament.
"We have not determined what
will happen next. In the meantime,
the police are doing what they
have to do and the other pieces
of legislation that already exists to
deal with criminal activities we are
working with those pieces of legis-
She maintained that the Opposi-
tion was irresponsible in how they
handled the bill.
Robinson-Regis said the Procure-
ment Bill which had been "passed"
was being delayed due to President
Anthony Carmona who was sup-
posed to appoint a procurement
"This has not been done. That is
what we are waiting on," she said.
Several of the bills that would be
put forward, Robinson-Regis said
would need a three-fifths majority
to be passed.
"These pieces of legislation are
not for the PNM. They are in the
interest of the people of T&T. We
assume that if you have a respon-
sible Opposition that they will act
responsibly and if it demands a
special majority that they will give
us the vote. But we can't force
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