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Madeira refused to
comment further but
noted: "It is difficult
to comment on this
matter as the Judiciary
will have to arbitrate
part of the matter."
Legal sources yes-
terday explained that
the lawsuit may be
purely academic once
the judgment was
delivered as promised but said some of the reliefs
being sought by Pitman may have some merit.
Through the lawsuit, Pitman is seeking declara-
tory relief and damages but also said he believed
it may be a stimulus for the Appeal Court to
deliver its judgment.
"No relief granted by the court could repair the
damage to our democracy that has resulted as a
result of the failure by the judicature in the case
of the claimant," Williams wrote in his letter.
Williams noted that his client s appeal was not
"frivolous or vexatious" and he did not resort to
time wasting tactics to create a further delay.
"In the present case, the delay in the conclusion
of the appellant s appellate process has been due
entirely to the actions of the Court of Appeal in
failing to deliver judgment in a timely manner, a
delay that is continuing up to today," Williams
In the letter, while refering to several decided
Privy Council cases, Williams said the judgment
in his client s case should have been delivered
within 12 months of the hearing of his appeal.
As a secondary issue in the intended motion,
Pitman is seeking a declaration that his continued
detention on death row since his conviction
breached his constitutional rights.
He is also seeking an order quashing his death
sentence and a declaration that an attempt to
carry out his execution would be considered "inhu-
mane and degrading punishment."
Pitman s attorney is also suggesting that his
client be detained at the state s pleasure.
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House Speaker Wade Mark has satisfied
all the requirements for the award of his
Executive Master of Business Administra-
tion (EMBA) degree from the University
of the West Indies (UWI) Arthur Lok Jack
Graduate School of Business, UWI said
"A review of our records indicates that
in the instant case the requirements for the
award of the degree have been satisfied,"
UWI said in a release on the issue.
"The university would like to point out
that special arrangements are often put in
place for students in various circumstances,
for example, students who require one course
to complete the requirements for the award
of the degree."
It added: "It is unfortunate that infor-
mation relating to the confidential matter
of examination grades at The University of
the West Indies Arthur Lok Jack Graduate
School of Business was released to the public,
contrary to the regulations of The UWI."
The release came after an all-day meeting
between principal and pro vice chancellor
of the St Augustine Campus, Professor
Clement Sankat, and other officials of the
institution, the T&T Guardian was told.
The meeting came after questions were
raised in the media over whether Mark had
met the requirements for the degree.
The article claimed that school officials
alleged Mark was allowed to graduate on
October 26 although he did not do the
course work component of the degree which
accounted for 40 per cent of the marks.
The course work comprised a mid-term
exam, a group project and class participation.
It was alleged that Mark applied for con-
cessions to UWI on a Parliament letterhead
and was allowed to sit a special exam.
The release said the matter had been
brought to the attention of senior UWI offi-
cials and the matter received their fullest
Saying the examination process at under-
graduate and post-graduate level is a very
closely managed one, governed by specific
regulations, UWI said:
"The University of the West Indies wishes
to advise that the institution has specific
regulations and policies that govern students
tenure from matriculation through exam-
ination to graduation.
"More particularly, the regulations ensure
that all procedures for the award of degrees
are strictly confidential. Examination marks
are only communicated to appropriate offi-
cers of the university and are only made
public after they have been duly approved
by the Board of Examiners."
UWI said it remained committed to main-
taining the high standards it had established
over more than 65 years of service to the
region. The T&T Guardian contacted Mark
last evening but he declined comment, say-
ing he wanted to talk to his lawyers first.
Efforts to reach PNM PRO Faris Al-Rawi
for a response were unsuccessful.
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley had
called for an explanation from UWI, saying
the incident would devalue degrees coming
from the institution.
UWI: Wade Mark's
Panday, left, and
chat with Denise
and her husband
Chief Justice Ivor
Archie during the
annual dinner and
dance at the Hyatt
Spain, on Friday.
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