Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 11th 2014 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Law Association president Seenath
Jairam, SC, is throwing his support
behind retired judge Sebastian Ven-
tour, saying there is no reason why
Ventour should not be reappointed to
the Integrity Commission as deputy
Ventour, who served for seven
months on the commission, resigned
last Thursday to deliver three outstand-
ing judgments after being sworn in as
a judge for a single day.
He explained in his resignation letter
that as a member of the commission,
he was prevented by law from delivering
His resignation meant the work of
the commission has been halted as
there is now no one with a legal back-
ground on its board as required.
Key investigations could be tem-
porarily suspended, such as the e-mail
probe and a request by the Opposition
for a probe into Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan s purchase of two Range
Rover SUVs using tax exemptions as a
Questions also have been asked about
Ventour s locus standi for writing judg-
ments, since he retired from the bench
But Jairam has insisted Ventour s
integrity was still intact.
"Why shouldn t he be reappointed
to the Integrity Commission? What
has he done?
"He has done nothing wrong. He
left the commission to deliver the judg-
ments and he should be brought back
to the commission," Jairam argued.
He admitted, however, that the mat-
ter was "somewhat clumsy" and could
have been handled better. But given
the situation, he felt there was little
choice but to have Ventour return to
the bench to deliver the judgments.
Jairam added: "To restart these three
matters would be time-consuming and
costly. Given the lesser of the two evils
I would have preferred Ventour to
resign, deliver the judgment then return
to the Integrity Commission.
"Mr Ventour s reputation has not
been diminished. He is also fair-minded
and that is important."
A source close to the commission
yesterday said there was a possibility
Ventour could be reappointed to the
commission, adding this was one
avenue which President Anthony Car-
mona can pursue.
The source said owing to the nature
of the matter it should be looked at
with some degree of urgency.
Contacted yesterday, public relations
officer at the Integrity Commission,
Mervyn Crichlow, when asked about
Ventour s reappointment or the
appointment of a new member, said
the matter was up to the President.
The country s murder toll
increased by one on Sunday with
the shooting death of 33-year-
old Karlan St Bernard who was
killed at a birthday party in Gon-
Speaking with members of the
media yesterday outside the Foren-
sic Science Centre, St James, rel-
atives of St Bernard described him
as a quiet man who came to the
area to celebrate the birth date of
a friend who was killed.
The relatives said St Bernard
had recently been employed at AS
Bryden and was a "girls man."
One said he was a quiet and cool
person who never got into any
Eyewitness reports state that
around 4.30 pm St Bernard was
at a house when a gunman walked
up to him and opened fire, hitting
him several times about the body.
He was taken to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital where doctors
pronounced him dead.
Relatives of St Bernard, who
lived at Agostini Street, Tacarigua,
said he had been away from the
area for a while before returning
to celebrate the life of a friend
when he was ambushed and killed.
In an unrelated murder, the aunt
of slain teen, Akile de Silva, told
the media her nephew did not
deserve to die the way he did. Erica
Charles said De Silva, 19, would
always make her laugh.
Charles said her heart went out
to De Silva who she said was quiet,
loving and caring but especially to
the person(s) who shot him.
According to police reports De
Silva was digging a trench in his
yard at Scorpion Alley, Carenage,
around 12.10 pm when he was shot
several times by gunmen.
In another unrelated killing, a
press release issued by GPS
Experts, whose founder, Rawle
Francis, was shot last Friday and
died on Saturday morning assured
its customers the company
The release said the nature of
the attack had left the company
in shock and disbelief.
It added: "This is a terrible loss
for all of us in the company and
for our community. Mr Francis is
lovingly remembered by his wife,
three children (19, 16, 11), parents,
sister, relatives and friends.
"GPS Experts Ltd Sales and
Installation Departments will be
closed for the next few days. How-
ever, the Emergency Hotline and
Response Department remains vig-
ilant and ready to respond at a
moment s notice."
Francis was responding to a
stolen vehicle report at Queen s
Park East and Jerningham Avenue,
Port-of-Spain, when three gun-
men approached him and shot him
around 10 pm on Friday. He died
at the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
pital at 5.35 am Saturday.
LEADING THE PROCESSION
'Girls' man' killed at birthday party
No reason not to
bring back Ventour
Law Association head on Integrity resignation:
An ancestor leads the procession of Oloye Ogunrinola of Ife Lester Ogunbowale and the family Ile Isokan
during the celebrations as they host their Ile Isokan Egungun (Ancestoral) Festival in Niles Trace, off
Saddle Road, Febeau Village, San Juan, on Sunday. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
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