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Eight dismissed workers at the
T&T consulate in New York have
initiated legal proceedings against
the Government for alleged wrongful
This is according to one of the for-
mer workers Susan Butcher-David.
She said yesterday the workers, with
service ranging from 23 years to one
year, were dismissed on July 5 last
year for failing an exam they were
not prepared for.
"We would like to be compensated
because we were wrongfully dis-
missed," Butcher-David added.
The matter is to be heard before
the Industrial Court in October.
The Oilfields Workers Trade Union
is representing the workers.
Butcher-David said the workers
have not been earning any income
since they were dismissed, and four
of them are facing eviction and court
appearances for failing to pay their
She also said at least two of those
fired "have no status at all; they don t
have any green card; they don t have
any US citizenship. These two people
cannot come home at all."
Four jurors have been selected for
the panel to sit on the kidnap and
murder trial of central business
woman Vindra Naipaul-Coolman.
The jurors, all male, were selected
on the first day of jury selection con-
ducted at the Port-of-Spain Second
Criminal Court yesterday.
The process is scheduled to continue
throughout this week to select a further
13 jurors to meet the need for five
alternates for the trial.
At yesterday s hearing scores of
potential jurors were summoned indi-
vidually to the court room by Justice
The majority of those called were
eventually excused from the selection
process after challenges were raised by
defence attorneys and prosecutors.
Twelve men are before Holdip
accused of Naipaul-Coolman s kid-
napping and murder. The accused men
are: Allan "Scanny" Martin, Shervon
"Buffy" Peters, Keida Garcia, brothers
Marlon and Earl Trimmingham, Ronald
Armstrong, Antonio Charles, Joel Fraser,
Lyndon James, Devon Peters, Anthony
Dwayne Gloster and Jamille Garcia.
A 13th man, Raphael Williams, was
charged with the crime but died in
prison in 2011.
Naipaul-Coolman, 52, of Lange Park,
Chaguanas, was kidnapped as she drove
into her driveway on December 19,
Her abductors demanded a $3 million
ransom and her relatives paid a portion
of it. However, she was not freed and
her body was never found.
The trial is expected to last between
four and six months with more than
70 State witnesses being summoned
The witnesses include DCP Mervyn
Richardson, Naipaul-Coolman s wid-
ower Rennie Coolman and several police
officers assigned to the now disbanded
Special Anti-Crime Unit (Sautt).
The defence team includes Ulric
Skerritt, Selwyn Mohammed, Wayne
Sturge, Colin Selvon, Lennox Sankars-
ingh and Viveka Pargass.
Senior Counsel Israel Khan, Gilbert
Peterson and Dana Seetahal are pros-
Sacked consulate staff
take Govt to court
selection up and running
Deputy Police Commissioner
Mervyn Richardson and his team
of investigators have sought
advice from the Office of the
Director of Public Prosecutions
and senior counsel regarding
their e-mail investigation.
The T&T Guardian learnt the
meeting took place yesterday
morning, and followed interviews
with several people named in the
Contacted yesterday, Richardson
refused to divulge any information
about the investigation, except to
say, "The investigation is at a very
crucial stage right now."
Assuring that "all hands are on
deck and are working feverishly
to complete this investigation,"
Richardson said consideration was
still being given to including for-
eign investigators to assist local
Reinforcing earlier statements
that he would not run the probe
in the public domain, Richardson
refused to comment on the meet-
ing with acting DPP Joan Hon-
Honore-Paul will be assisting
the police in the matter as DPP
Roger Gaspard has recused himself
because he too was named in the
31 e-mails which Opposition
leader Dr Keith Rowley revealed
in the House weeks ago.
During his debate on a no-con-
fidence motion against Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Row-
ley gave some of the contents of
31 e-mails. The e-mails addressed
the Section 34 fiasco, offering the
Director of Public Prosecutions a
judgeship and the intimidation of
a journalist who broke the story.
The e-mails were purported to
be from addresses belonging to
the PM, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan, Local Government and
Works Minister Suruj Rambachan
and national security adviser to
the PM, Gary Griffith. Persad-
Bissessar and her Government has
denied any knowledge of the e-
mails, but the PM wrote to acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams, asking that it be probed.
Williams in turn mandated
Richardson to head the probe.
Richardson said while several
interviews had already been done,
there were several more to be com-
He refused to say who was yet
to be interviewed, but said, "We
are moving along and are focused
on determining the matter."
Calls to the cell phone of Local
Government Minister Dr Suruj
Rambachan went unanswered,
whilst Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan was unable to confirm
Richardson: E-mail probe at crucial stage
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