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One-time People s National Movement (PNM)
senator and former United National Congress
(UNC) and Congress of the People (COP) front-
liner Robin Montano last night debuted on Jack
Warner s Independent Liberal Party (ILP) plat-
Warner announced him as the party s new inter-
im chairman at the final major political meeting
in Felicity, Chaguanas.
Addressing the crowd, Montano said he had
decided to return to politics and the ILP after a
seven-year hiatus because he was disgusted with
the "crapaud politics" that was now passing as
politics in T&T.
He noted that Warner, who had stepped down
as the UNC chairman, national security minister
and as Chaguanas MP in April, had had the support
of the 31 party groups in the constituency when
he sought to return to contest the by-election
under the UNC banner.
However, he said Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar, who often used the mantra "the
voice of the people is the voice of God," had still
sidelined Warner for her favoured choice, Khadijah
Montano said Warner had served the people of
the constituency well and deserved their vote on
Monday based on his performance alone.
He promised to stand shoulder to shoulder with
Warner, noting that the party was an even bigger
threat to the People s National Movement than
Montano had served as a PNM senator under
the first Patrick Manning administration (1991-
95), but subsequently fell out with Manning and
In more recent years, he had supported the COP,
but most recently had "parked up" from active
politics and had been writing a political blog.
In his most recent blog posting on Tuesday, he
supported Warner s Chaguanas West bid, saying
Warner had run the most modern game.
Last night, Montano told the T&T Guardian he
had spoken to Warner last week and on Wednesday,
Warner had met with him to discuss his situa-
Meanwhile, during a walkabout at Chadee Lohar
Road, Charlieville, Persad-Bissessar said she expect-
ed anything from the opposition over the next two
"When you get to be my age expect anything.
It s the silly season," she told reporters when asked
what she expected from the opposing parties in
the race with the election three days away.
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"During that period, between December
2011 and September 2012, there had been
widespread consultation. There had been
training of police officers and officers of the
He said when he was dismissed by Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last year,
"everything stopped and went into a
Saying since then nothing of consequence
had been done by his successor as Justice
Minister, Christlyn Moore, Volney added
the proposed move to delay the act signalled
a lack of preparedness for the implemen-
tation on August 2.
"It does not surprise me in the circum-
stances that this government has lost the
political will to implement the law," he
Moore could not be reached for comment
Dana Seetahal, SC, told the T&T Guardian
earlier this week that the interim plan to
introduce a pilot project under the new law
in the St George West district alone was a
Osbourne Charles, SC, who also expressed
concern over the act, has welcomed the
move for it to be deferred. He too felt what
was needed was greater consultation, and
said from the onset the legislation was
flawed, a recipe for chaos and would not
achieve the "proposed lofty aims."
"It is quite difficult to forget and some-
times to remember the recent fiasco which
still resonates through the corridors of the
Halls of justice, remembering the now infa-
mous Section 34 and the fact that all 41 of
our parliamentarians participated in some
ways with its birth," Charles said.
He said the role and functions of legis-
lators demanded greater thought and caring
in dealing with all areas of society s dealings
and more importantly the criminal justice
"It would seem that it is necessary to
halt the implementation of the act in all its
forms and embark on meaningful dialogue
to solutions to our legal problems," he said.
"An examination of the legislation leads
the well intentioned observer to the con-
clusion that it is cumulatively flawed and
would not achieve its purpose, this quite
apart from the absence of physical and
Charles said he was also comforted by
the fact that Chief Justice Ivor Archie had
earlier said the judiciary would not be rushed
through the process of eliminating prelim-
Also contacted last night, PNM PRO and
attorney Faris al-Rawi said had received
unconfirmed reports that it was Govern-
ment s intention to defer the act indefinitely.
He said, however, that from day one the
PNM had said there was need for greater
consultation on the act.
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The law will see preliminary inquiries
being abolished and replaced by paper com-
mittals, thus avoiding the need for lengthy
proceedings in the magistrates courts.
This is expected to reduce the number
of cases in the lower courts.
Decisions on the paper committals, how-
ever, will need to be made by masters of
the High Court, who are yet to be recruited,
trained and accommodated, although the
new system was expected to begin operations
from next week.
Sec ion 3
Section 34 of the act was proclaimed in
August last year. It would have allowed those
accused of certain offences to have their
cases dismissed if they had not begun within
ten years of the commission of the offence.
There was a public outcry after it became
known that Section 34 would have benefited
UNC financiers Ish Galbaransingh and Steve
Ferguson, and the section was repealed by
Parliament a few days later.
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