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The Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP) Roger Gaspard has lost his bid to
reopen the criminal case against former
prime minister Basdeo Panday, who was
accused of failing to declare a United King-
dom bank account to the Integrity Com-
Gaspard, through a judicial review appli-
cation filed before High Court Judge James
Aboud, was attempting to overturn an order
of Magistrate Marcia Murray, who had placed
a permanent stay of proceedings on Panday s
case for abuse of process, during his trial
before her in 2012.
In an oral ruling delivered in the Port-of-
Spain High Court yesterday, Aboud ruled
that Panday would face "substantial hardship
and prejudice", if Gaspard was allowed to
pursue the reversal of Murray s decision.
Although he stated that his ruling meant
that Gaspard could not seek to resume pros-
ecuting Panday through the lawsuit before
him, Aboud suggested that there were other
remedies available to Gaspard if he wished
to reopen the case.
Panday s legal victory was partial as Aboud
ruled that another limb of the lawsuit where
Gaspard is seeking a declaration on the legal-
ity of Murray s decision was still of academic
value to settle the law on an interpretation
of the Integrity in Public Life Act since it
was introduced in 1987.
"If the declaration is granted, he (Panday)
would know his discharge did not vindicate
him at all and his right to rely on the stay
would be on the errors of the claimant (Gas-
pard)," Aboud said.
Among the errors in Gaspard s application
that were highlighted by Aboud, was his
prosecutors failure to inform Panday of their
challenge immediately after Murray gave her
ruling, his unexplained almost three-month
delay in filing the proceedings and his failure
to acknowledge other methods of challenging
Murray s ruling.
"Judicial review is a last resort. All other
remedies have to be exhausted first," Aboud
said. Panday s lawyers had filed the appli-
cation opposing the lawsuit in April last year,
after Aboud granted Gaspard leave to proceed
with it, in their absence.
In giving his decision, Aboud said he con-
sidered the length of time between Panday s
alleged offences and when he was eventually
brought to trial, his age (81) as well as the
money he had spent on legal fees for defend-
ing the charges.
"The good administration of justice
requires that Panday should not have been
kept in suspense," Aboud said.
The judge was interrupted by Panday s
attorney who indicated that his client may
wish to file an appeal of Aboud s decision
to proceed with hearing the issue of dec-
laration within the next week.
Gaspard was represented by Ian Benjamin,
while Rikki Harnanan is representing Panday.
Senior Counsel Avory Sinanan and attor-
ney Larry Lalla are representing the mag-
istrate s interest in the case.
A lack of medication to treat
mental health patients at the
San Fernando General Hospital
resulted in nurses refusing to
work yesterday morning.
As a consequence, the South
West Regional Health Authority
(SWRHA) had to dip into its own
funds to source the medication
at private pharmacies.
After waiting two weeks to
be supplied with the medication,
called chlorpromazine (CPZ), to
treat the patients, nurses yester-
day decided not to work.
Instead, they stood outside
Ward One, the psychiatric unit,
where 23 patients are warded.
The National Insurance Prop-
erty Development Company
sion, at C40 Building, Airways
Road, Chaguaramas, is contracted
by the Ministry of Health, to sup-
ply all drugs to the five regional
However, Public Services
Association representative Ann
George said: "Apparently, C40
did not have any in stock. This
morning about half an hour ago
the nurses call me, telling me
there is no medication on the
ward to give the patients.
She said the nurses would not
return to work until the med-
ication arrives. "Right now we
just hoping and praying that a
supplier will come with the med-
ication before lunch."
George said she contacted
SWRHA s chairman Anil Gosine
who is "doing his best to put
things in place by lunchtime."
In a telephone interview,
Gosine confirmed the shortage
of some of the medication for
"Some of the medication we
don t have and we will be pur-
chasing it today."
Normally, he said, Nipdec C40
would provide the pharmaceu-
ticals to the regional health
"They are telling us there is a
shortage of pharmaceuticals for
mental health patients. We at
South West are picking up the
slack to purchase the medica-
He said SWRHA will purchase
the medication from private
pharmacies and they should be
reimbursed by the ministry.
"This year we are getting
shortages of pharmaceuticals in
Gosine assured that the med-
ication will be purchased today.
Attempts to reach North West
Regional Health Authority CEO
or its corporate communication
manager to find out whether they
too were experiencing shortages,
After four months of investigation, a 27-
year-old man will appear before a Chaguanas
magistrate today, charged with last year s double
murder at a Chaguanas cemetery.
Yesterday, investigators were instructed by the
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to
charge the suspect for the murders of 39-year-
old Clifford George, of Carolina Village, Couva
and 23-year-old Salisha Langtoo, of Lisas Garden,
George, an electrical technician was shot four
times and Langtoo, who had just started to work
with PPL Security Services Limited was bludg-
eoned with a car-jack on December 12. The sus-
pect was also charged with attempting to murder
31-year-old Carlene Thomas, of East Dry River,
Port-of-Spain and 33-year-old Kwesi Brooks,
also of Couva.
The investigation was carried out by Snr Supt
Johnny Abraham, along with Insp Dhilpaul,
Maharaj and PC Siewdath of the Chaguanas
police. Reports are that George was driving a
red Nissan Almera along Petersfield Road, St
Thomas Village around 6.30 pm with passengers
Thomas, Langtoo and Brooks.
On reaching the cemetery, gunmen opened
fire on the car, causing the driver to crash into
a tombstone. Witnesses said the victims tried
to run from the car after the initial attack, but
the gunmen ran towards them and continued
to shoot and beat their victims.
According to an autopsy, Langtoo was struck
five times in the head with a car-jack while
George was shot four times in the chest. Thomas
and Brooks were beaten and spent several weeks
Nurses walk off job
No mental health drugs in San Fernando
DPP loses bid to reopen Panday's case
Cemetery double murder
Suspect in court today
Medical staff at the psychiatric
ward of the San Fernando
General Hospital outside the
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
used to treat the
mental illness that
causes disturbed or
unusual thinking, loss
of interest in life, and
strong or inappropriate
emotions) and other
(conditions that cause
difficulty telling the
things or ideas that are
real and things or ideas
that are not real) and
to treat the symptoms
of mania (frenzied,
mood) in people who
have bipolar disorder
disorder; a condition
that causes episodes of
mania, episodes of
depression, and other
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