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Former director of
public prosecutions and
judge Geoffrey Hender-
son has been elected to
the International Crim-
inal Court (ICC) as a
came via a press release
issued yesterday by the
Ministry of Foreign
Henderson was elect-
States Parties of the
Rome Statute assembled
at the headquarters of
the ICC in The Hague,
during the Twelfth Ses-
sion of the Assembly of
States Parties to the
Henderson s candida-
cy was approved by the
Assembly of States Par-
ties in the first and only
round of voting, where
he secured 98 votes out
of a maximum 99 votes,
surpassing the two-
thirds majority required
for election whilst draw-
ing support from all
regions of the world.
Foreign Affairs Min-
ister Winston Dookeran
conveyed his apprecia-
tion to Henderson.
Having the requisite
qualifications and expe-
rience, Dookeran said
Henderson was worthy
of sitting on the ICC and
has made T&T proud.
Henderson will serve
the unexpired portion of
the term made vacant
following the resignation
of former judge Anthony
term will expire on
March 10, 2021 is the
third T&T national to be
elected to the ICC since
the court was first con-
stituted in 2003.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston
Dookeran has admitted that the 13
Jamaicans who were denied entry
into T&T by the Immigration Divi-
sion "could have the impact of
spilling over into other things."
Yesterday, in a telephone inter-
view, Dookeran continued to main-
tain that there was no row between
Jamaica and T&T.
He said he has been speaking with
Jamaica s Foreign Affairs minister,
and there was no disagreement
between the two countries. He said
the media were putting their own
interpretation on the issue.
Dookeran s comments followed
an article published in The Gleaner
yesterday in which the Jamaica
Manufacturers Association (JMA)
called on its government to pursue
the incident with urgency.
The JMA said T&T s approach
was "divisive and foolhardy."
Jamaica imports approximately
US$132 million worth of goods from
T&T, excluding fuel, and approxi-
mately US$700 million inclusive of
fuel, The Gleaner stated.
Dookeran said both countries have
agreed to keep an eye on the devel-
opments "because it could escalate
in the wider context of our rela-
On Friday, Dookeran said he
received a report from Immigration
Division which outlined how the
Jamaican s were denied entry.
T&T has also provided the
Jamaican High Commission with
However, former foreign affairs
minister Paula Gopee-Scoon said
the matter had the potential to do
significant damage to our bilateral
relations with the Caricom Single
Market and Economy.
It can undermine the work of our
manufacturers and T&T exports
across the region, she said.
Gopee-Scoon said T&T was con-
sidered a leader in Caricom, a posi-
tion which has been attained
through years of effective diplomacy
by a series of governments.
President of the T&T Chamber
of Industry and Commerce Moonilal
Lalchan called on the Government
to pacify the situation.
"Jamaica is our biggest Caricom
trading partner by far. Therefore, it
will have an adverse effect on our
manufacturing sector," Lalchan said.
Lalchan said the chamber spoke
to its members, who indicated that
there was no immediate threat.
"The worst-case scenario in this
situation is that emotions run high
and then there are restrictions with
our goods going into Jamaica."
If former prime minister Basdeo
Panday had his way, all lawyers who
wanted to enter politics will have
to spend some time in prison "vol-
untary or otherwise."
Panday was honoured for his 50
years of legal service at the Law Asso-
ciation s annual dinner and dance on
Friday night at the Hyatt Regency in
Port-of-Spain, and said he believed
that all lawyers should "go to jail" in
order to better empathise with their
clients. While his 20-minute contri-
bution focused on his past as a lawyer,
his own arrests and life as a politician,
Panday took some time to criticise
the current state of political affairs.
He said when he looked at the
"huge army" of young lawyers and
the "political mess the country is in,"
he remembered the words "ask not
what your country can do for you,
but what you can do for your coun-
Panday was honoured alongside
fellow attorney Nath Sharma who
also marked 50 years in the legal fra-
Sharma said when he looked at
Panday, he realised that he (Panday)
"had 50 years" again to contribute.
"Whether as a lawyer or in politics,"
Henderson elected ICC judge
...Dookeran maintains there's no row
Panday: Lawyers should go to jail to better empathise with clients
Nath Sharma, left, and Basdeo Panday exchange greetings after they
were presented with awards by the Law Association in recognition of
their Golden Anniversary (50 Years) of their Call to the Bar during the
Law Association of T&T Annual Dinner and Dance at the Port-of-Spain
Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Hotel, on Friday evening. •SEE PAGE A5
PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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