Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 13th 2013 Contents year-old Taramatie Toolsie. That trial also resumed last
Moosai is a former national cricketer and honorary
president of Moosai Sports Club and plays for the Law
Association s cricket team. Mohammed served as Director
of Public Prosecutions (DPP) before becoming a judge
The appointments is expected to bolster the criminal
division of the Appeal Court, a senior member of the
legal profession said. There are currently nine appeal
judges, including Archie.
The judiciary may also now have to consider recruiting
additional criminal judges to compensate for the vacan-
cies which will be left by the two and also by President
Anthony Carmona, who resigned earlier this year.
Last week, the Judiciary announced the appointment
of two new High Court judges, Sandra Paul and Norton
Jack. Jack has been assigned to serve in the Criminal
Division of the High Court.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday afternoon,
president of the Criminal Bar Association Pamela Elder,
SC, said her organisation supports news of the elevation
of the two judges.
"The criminal jurisdiction of the Appeal Court will
certainly benefit from having judges with their expe-
rience, analytical minds and deep intellects," Elder said.
Port-of-Spain and San Fernando High Courts. As a
result their appointments are expected to take effect
after the trials are completed.
Moosai is presiding over the retrial of 29-year-old
Daniel Agard, who is accused of the murders of agri-
cultural consultant John Cropper, 59, his mother-in-
law Maggie Lee, 68; and sister-in-law Lynette Lith-
gow-Pearson, 57. They were found dead by police on
December 13, 2001. The trial began in January but was
put on hold during the Judiciary s August holiday and
resumed last Thursday.
Double murder accused Paul Vincent is before
Mohammed in the San Fernando Assizes charged with
killing 16-year-old schoolgirl Pixie Lakhan and 40-
his ill health. But he does in fact
visit his constituency office. He sees
constituents and my understanding
is that his service has not deterio-
rated in any way," Khan said.
He said the constituency execu-
tives, councillors and Manning s
regional managers are working with
the MP to ensure constituents are
Khan said Manning is an MP of
long standing and his attendance in
Parliament is under the sole juris-
diction of the Speaker.
He said the Speaker continues to
grant him a leave of absence for
medical reasons and the party leaves
that up to the Speaker and Manning.
Khan said if the Speaker does not
give Manning the time off legiti-
mately, in terms of ill health or if
he misses six consecutive sessions,
his seat could be declared vacant.
"But the Speaker continues to
facilitate him because of illness and
we appreciate the Speaker s position
in that regard," Khan said.
He said the PNM has no intention
of moving Manning.
Leader of the House Dr Roodal
Moonilal steered clear of calls to
declare the seat vacant.
Yesterday Moonilal told the T&T
Guardian that he did not want to
make any statement on Manning s
"That matter is a matter for the
Speaker of the House of Represen-
tatives and as Leader of the House
I prefer not to venture on an excur-
sion into the domain of the Hon-
ourable Speaker," Moonilal said.
Moonilal said under normal cir-
cumstances the seat might be
declared vacant, but he pointed to
the late PNM MP Gordon Draper,
who was granted prolonged leave
and missed many Parliament sit-
tings, but whose seat was not
"The circumstances are different,
Mr Manning is of course recovering
from a stroke and has been a long-
serving member," Moonilal said.
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People s National Movement (PNM)
chairman Franklin Khan says the party
will resist any move to have the San
Fernando East seat declared vacant.
The seat is held by former prime min-
ister Patrick Manning, who has taken
extended leave from Parliament since
suffering a stroke in January 2012. Last
week he was granted further leave of
absence from the House of Representa-
The question of declaring Manning s
seat vacant rose during the public furore
over Speaker Wade Mark s decision on
Monday to declare the St Joseph seat
This came after incumbent MP Herbert
Volney resigned from the United Nation-
Yesterday a letter to the editor appeared
in the T&T Guardian calling for Man-
ning s seat to be declared vacant. Addi-
tionally, residents of Palm Garden and
Environs, Pleasantville, which is in Man-
ning s constituency, wrote to Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar appealing
for her to intervene to have their area
developed. That letter was also sent to
the T&T Guardian.
In the face of these complaints Khan
yesterday declared that the party stands
firmly behind Manning, whose repre-
sentation, he said, is effective.
"We are not going to support Mr Man-
ning s removal as MP for San Fernando
East. We understand that he has his chal-
lenges in terms of health, but we know
for a fact that he still effectively runs the
constituency. He has a perfect machinery,
if I could say so myself, in San Fernando
East," he said during a telephone inter-
view with the T&T Guardian.
"Mr Manning does attend constituency
office on a Thursday and he meets con-
stituents, he just is not making his pres-
ence (sic) in the Parliament because of
Two senior High Court judges are to
be elevated to the Court of Appeal.
The T&T Guardian has been reliably
informed that the judges tipped for pro-
motion are Prakash Moosai and Mark
Mohammed, who are among the most
senior judges presiding in the criminal
The announcement of the judges pro-
motions is expected to be made by Chief
Justice Ivor Archie in his address at the
opening of the new law term, next Mon-
Contacted yesterday, court protocol
and information manager Jones P Madeira
did not confirm or deny the report, say-
ing, "Let s wait until next week. There
are things that need to be done before
an announcement can be made. I
wouldn t want to pre-empt anything."
Both judges are currently presiding
over high-profile murder trials in the
Two judges to be promoted to Appeal Court
No move to declare Manning's seat vacant
Former prime minister
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