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Court dates have been set for hearing of
several public interest cases, including those
against former executive chairman of then
Urban Development Corporation (Udecott)
Calder Hart, Juliana Pena, the so-called spir-
itual adviser to former prime minister Patrick
Manning and energy expert Ken Julien.
This was revealed by Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan during his contribution to yesterday s
Senate debate on the 2013-2014 budget.
The AG gave a status report on several of the
major matters before the courts. He said the
matter against Hart, deputy chairman Krishna
Bahadursingh and others was close to a trial
date being set for hearing.
In another matter, in which the State was
seeking to recover $1.2 billion from former
Petrotrin president Malcolm Jones as a result
of the mismanagement of the failed gas-to-
liquids plant, Ramlogan said: "A defence has
been ordered by the judge to be filed by October
The matter involving Pena and her role in
the construction of a church at the Heights of
Gunapo, Arima, was set for February 11 and 12
next year, he said.
Also coming up for hearing was the matter
against Evolving Technologies (eTecK) where
the State was seeking to recover $30 million
against the company s former board, led by
Professor Ken Julien, he said.
That matter is related to the failed investment
in China-based company, Bamboo Networks
Limited (BNL) in 2005.
Ramlogan said the court was to make "a most
significant and important preliminary point in
that matter on October 11."
According to Ramlogan, that ruling would
affect all the other public interest matters being
pursued by the State against the former public
He said the issue related to the limitation
matter. The minister said there was a four-year
limitation period for a citizen to take legal action
in such matters.
He said the life of a government was five
years. He said if a government was to serve two
consecutive terms "then you are outside the
limitation period to bring any action against
He added: "This case is a test case because
the State is arguing that the four-year period
cannot be taken in isolation but it must be
judged by whether the wrongdoers were in
charge of the company and whether it was pos-
sible to discover the wrongdoing.
"That judgment is going to be a very historic
judgment and will have an impact on all the
other claims that have been filed because a
similar point is being raised." The trial date for
that matter is February 11-12 next year.
He said citizens must have the right to sue
even if the government was removed from office.
On the patent matter against professor Brian
Copeland, the minister said the determination
of the intellectual property rights to the per-
cussive harmonic instrument was at an advanced
Ramlogan said the State funded the research
for project in the amount of $35 million and
either the Government or the University of the
West Indies should own the patent rights.
"It cannot be that taxpayers financed it and
one man owns it to profit financially," Ramlogan
Additionally, he said, five legal matters relating
to the Clico bailout matter were to be determined
shortly. And the constitutional challenge to the
infamous Section 34 case was also set for deter-
mination shortly, he added.
"We have pressed the court for an urgent
hearing of the appeal and that appeal is going
to take place on October 21," the minister said.
Ramlogan said he hoped for an expeditious
ruling in the Section 34 matter.
Ramlogan denied claims that the Section 34
legislation was initially proclaimed to benefit
two former financiers of the party. The AG said
nationals were still being extradited to the United
States despite the claims to the contrary by
Court dates soon for
Hart and Pena---AG
Police thwarted the efforts of
the Highway Re-route Movement
to stop work on the Debe to Mon
Desir leg of the Point Fortin high-
way by arresting its leader, Dr
At around 3.45 pm yesterday,
Kublalsingh was brought to the
Siparia Magistrates Court on
charges of obstructing a police offi-
cer and resisting arrest.
At that time neither magistrate
was present and Kublalsingh was
granted $10,000 own bail by Justice
of the Peace Mary Phillip.
He was ordered to appear before
a Siparia magistrate today when
the charges will be officially read
According to his sister, attorney
Judy Kublalsingh, police were also
considering charging him with
assaulting a police officer.
The drama unfolded around 11
am, yesterday when OAS Constru-
tora workers at Mon Desir started
their machinery, when members of
the movement formed a human
barricade around a bulldozer for
the second time in three days.
Although police were at the site,
the operator returned to the OAS
camp site. Minutes later, vanloads
of heavily-armed policemen flooded
the camp and allowed the operator
to begin work.
The protesters again tried to block
the bulldozer but this time Kublals-
ingh was arrested. The officers then
formed their own human barricade,
forcing protesters back onto the
Speaking outside the court yes-
terday, Judy Kublalsingh said her
brother was arrested on lands
belonging to private citizens.
She said: "I think the point has
to be made very clearly that this is
really an inequitable use of the
resources of the State and a state-
sanctioned force to trample the
rights of private citizens of this
"We have to remember that
Wayne was arrested here on private
lands belonging to a private citizen
of this country, people who have
not given permission to the State
to come in there and to raid their
"The Government has taken this
action notwithstanding the fact that
compensation issues were not set-
tled...notwithstanding the fact that
you have a substantive High Court
action which seeks to determine
that very issue as to the constitu-
tionality of the actions of the Gov-
ernment in proceeding with the
segment of the highway.
"Notwithstanding the fact, third-
ly, that you have an injunction filed
by the Highway Re-route Move-
ment seeking to stop construction
of this section, pending the hearing
of that High Court action and that
matter is in court for hearing on
Kublalsingh arrested in Mon Desir protest
Cops thwart move to stop bulldozer
A string of gang-related shootings
in Diego Martin and Laventille on
Tuesday night has left three men dead
and two others hospitalised.
The murders raised the count for the
year to 286.
In the latest incidents, neighbours
Lodaley Julius, 28, and Brad Williams,
23, were shot dead in separate shootings
on Quarry Street, Diego Martin.
The shootings took place within half-
an-hour and within walking distance
of each other. Homicide detectives have
ruled the shootings were connected and
were possibly committed by the same
Shortly after 10 pm Williams was
driving along Quarry Street with two
neighbours when their car was stopped
by two gunmen.
Police said without warning the gun-
men began shooting at the car, then
Neighbours went to the assistance
of the three men and took them to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
Williams was shot several times in
the head and chest and was pronounced
dead shortly after arriving at hospital.
His neighbours, who were identified as
Jamal Gabriel, 23, and Julio Cumber-
batch, 20, were both warded in stable
condition, up to yesterday .
Gabriel was shot in the shoulder and
back while Cumberbatch was shot in
the lower back.
Less than a half an-hour later, detec-
tives on the scene of Williams murder
heard several gunshots. While searching
the area, they found Julius in front of
his girlfriend s house on Gookool Street.
Julius was behind the wheel of his
car and had gunshot wounds to his
head. He died on the scene.
Crime scene investigators said several
spent 12-gauge shotgun cartridges and
.38 calibre shells were found on both
scenes leading them to believe the two
neighbours were killed by the same
Police said both men were known to
police and were members of a gang in
However, when a news team from
the T&T Guardian interviewed their
relatives at the Forensic Science Centre,
St James, yesterday, they denied the
police claims. Both families spoke briefly
and insisted their relatives were not
Julius sister Nika Augustine described
her brother as kind and loving man.
"As far as I know, he was not in any-
thing," Augustine said.
In the Laventille incident, Sheldon
Thompson,31, of Snake Valley, Picton
Road was shot dead in front of his home
on Tuesday evening.
Police said around 5 pm Thompson
got into his Nissan B13. Before he could
start the car, a man walked up to the
car and shot him several times in the
Senior Supt John Daniel and detec-
tives of the Region One Homicide
Bureau are probing the murders.
Wayne Kublalsingh, leader of the Highway Re-route Movement, is
escorted by police officers to the Siparia Magistrates Court after he
was arrested at the Mon Desir Road, Mon Desir, camp yesterday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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