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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 23, 2013
State attorneys will have to wait another
two weeks to present their submissions on
an application to have Justice James Aboud
recuse himself from a lawsuit involving the
Highway Re-route Movement (HRM).
Last week, the attorneys submitted a nine-
and-a-half-minute unedited video recording
of Aboud s brother Gary in a protest outside
the International Waterfront Complex, in
Port-of-Spain, on November 12, as evidence
in their application, which they claim supports
their contention of Justice Aboud s apparent
bias in the case.
The protest, which was conducted by Fish-
ermen and Friends of the Sea, was over seismic
surveys conducted by oil companies. Gary
Aboud, the organisation s secretary and two
other members were arrested during the
protest and charged with several criminal
offences for staging a protest, and using a
bullhorn, without police permission.
When the case came up for hearing yes-
terday, at the Hall of Justice, in Port-of-Spain,
Aboud advised the attorneys that, for their
application to be successful, they will have
to prove that the entire contents of the video
was available to the public.
The State s lead attorney Russell Martineau,
SC, took issue with Aboud s advice and stated
that the test for their application was whether
an informed person could draw the conclusion
that he (Aboud) was biased from his brother s
statements during the protest.
Martineau also noted that the incident was
witnessed by a large number of people that
were present during the protest and the video
was also uploaded to social networking sites.
Both parties were not prepared to make
submissions on the application yesterday and
the case was adjourned to December 3.
The State first raised the application, a day
after the protest, when it was expected to
reply to the group s submissions for an injunc-
tion stopping the construction of the Debe
to Mon Desir segment of the Solomon Hochoy
Highway extension project to Point Fortin.
The injunction issue has been put on hold
until Aboud s recusal application is deter-
The application was the second such chal-
lenge raised by the State since the HRM s
substantive constitutional motion was filed
in August last year.
In November last year, when the case was
first assigned to Aboud, the State s legal team
filed a similar application which was eventually
The State is also being represented by Deb-
orah Peake, SC, Kelvin Ramkissoon, Gerald
Ramdeen and Shastri Roberts. Senior Counsel
Fyard Hosein and Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj
are appearing for the group.
A Royal Navy warship, HMS
Lancaster, arrived in T&T on
Wednesday morning, and is
berthed at the Cruise Terminal,
Port-of-Spain, for the weekend.
This majestic vessel of war is on
her 23rd stop in the Caribbean on
a mission to solidify and strengthen
Britain s relations with the region.
The ship s potential as a force of
destruction inspired a sense of awe
in media personnel who were invited
to tour it on Thursday evening.
HMS Lancaster is equipped with
eight harpoon missiles used to blast
other ships, 32 Seawolf missiles
which act as a final line of defence
to strike down any missiles targeting
the ship before impact, and two
miniguns which can fire 3,000
rounds a minute.
And this is just a glimpse of the
full array of military capabilities
available on the vessel.
Ship photographer Jay Allen
chuckled as guests on board took
turns aiming the "not-so-mini"
miniguns into the sea for photo-
"Every time there s a reception
on board, there s always a line to
take pictures with the miniguns,"
he said with a smile.
Despite the ship s ominous
nature, she comes bearing friendly
tidings. The Weapon Engineer Offi-
cer onboard, Adrian Gubby, spoke
of how the crew had been able to
install roofs on houses and paint a
hospital in Montserrat.
In Trinidad, the crew has visited
military graves to pay their respects
and they are taking part in fun com-
munity-bonding activities such as
a cricket match and a rugby match
against T&T players during their
He said the crew of 185, including
a T&T national, consisted of a wide
range of technical professionals,
which made them well prepared to
assist in any challenge put before
The ship was deployed on this
mission on May 28, and is scheduled
to return to England just before
Christmas. This six-month time
frame coincided exactly with the
hurricane season, so that the crew
would have been able to assist
instantaneously, should disaster
relief have been necessary in any of
the islands. Gubby expressed relief
that there were no major storms in
the Caribbean this year.
The ship also works with local
defence forces and takes part in
counter-narcotics initiatives at sea.
There s a helicopter on board which
Gubby described as its "biggest asset
in counter-narcotics operations,"
since it can track boats quickly and
prevent them from escaping. He
said the ship had been successful
in these operations, as it had seized
more than a tonne of pure cocaine
and a tonne and a half of marijuana.
"Also, just being in the area acts
as a deterrent," he added.
This was apparent as he went
on to describe their interaction with
drug runners in the Caribbean:
"Caribbean nations are fairly
friendly. And drug runners really
don t use force...I would suggest
probably the last time it may have
used force would have been when
it was in the Indian Ocean fighting
pirates off the coast of Somalia in
2009. So it s highly likely that we
would have fired our weapons in
anger there, because they really are
very well armed and they don t just
The ship, like all others in the
fleet, is titled Her Majesty s Ship
(HMS) followed by the name of a
duke. This particular ship is truly
Her Majesty s Ship, as Queen Eliz-
abeth II is the Duchess of Lancaster.
She takes a special interest in the
ship s activities and Gubby reckons
her last visit to it would have been
three or four years ago.
On Monday, the ship will head
to Barbados, which will be the last
stop on this tour.
As the death toll in the Philip-
pines climbs over 5,000 in the
wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the
Filipino Community Association
(FCATT) is feverishly working
towards raising $100,000 in dis-
aster aid for their countrymen.
The organisation will host its
annual Christmas dinner and
dance on December 1, at Lions
Club, Fitzblackman Drive, Port-
A separate campaign for solic-
itation of monetary donations will
continue for a month for those
wanting to help disaster victims,
said an email from FCATT vice-
president Cesar Sadaya.
Highway re-route lawsuit:
Judge recusal application delayed
British warship docks in T&T...
A force to be reckoned with
Crew members of HMS Lancaster carry out a 21-gun salute.
The HMS Lancaster as it patrols the Caribbean Sea.
Contact Mika 463 6008
Donations can be made at:
Republic Bank acct no
480004428201 (account of
Text $10 to 11910 from
@DigicelTT mobile phone
Republic Bank account
(Red Cross T&T )
Charity event to raise $$ for Filipino disaster victims
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