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Upcoming Joint Select Committee
(Group 1) (Public Meeting)
Tuesday April 22, 2014
Inquiry into the administration and operations of
the Police Complaints Authority.
Signing of Condolence Book
In light of the passing of Former President and
Former Prime Minister Mr. Arthur Napoleon
Raymond Robinson, on April 9, 2014,
a condolence book has been opened in the Main
Lobby of the Parliament, Tower D, IWFC for signing
by members of the public.
The days and times for signing are Monday to
Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (except on public
holidays). Signing commenced on April 14, 2014
and continues until the day before the State
Ecumenical Service for the former Head of State.
Wednesday April 23, 2014
Joint Select Committee on the Insurance (No. 2)
Upcoming Joint Select Committee
Did you know?
Mrs. Patricia McIntosh, MP
Member for Port of Spain
North/St Ann’s West
Sen. Joy Abdul-Mohan
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
that Standing Order 26 of the Revised Standing
Orders of the House of Representatives provides
for 30 minutes of Prime Minister’s Question Time
during the second sitting of the House of
Representatives each month? Questions may be
put to the Prime Minister relating to current
matters of national importance or on the general
performance of the government and government
agencies. This Standing Order comes into effect
at the commencement of the Fifth Session of the
Sen. Abdul-Mohan took the
Oath of Allegiance as a new
Senator on April 15, 2014.
Mrs. McIntosh was first elected to
the House on May 24, 2010. She is
a member of the Joint Select
Committee (Group 1). Her main
constituency office is located at
#29 Observatory Street, Port of
Spain. Telephone: 624-6855
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Here’s what’s happening in Parliament
from April 22 to 24, 2014
Chutney artiste Nirmal
“Massive” Gosein scored a
major legal victory on Monday,
when the State opted to settle
his malicious prosecution law-
suit against a group of police
officers who charged him with
fraud in 2006.
Gosein’s case was set for trial
before Justice Joan Charles in
the Port-of-Spain High Court,
but when he and his attorneys
arrived to start their counterparts
from the Office of the Attorney
General said they did not want
to continue their challenge of
Gosein’s case. However, they
were careful to note that their
settlement offer did not indicate
that they had conceded liability
in the case.
Gosein, 43, of Mootoo Street,
Marabella, filed the lawsuit last
year after the charge against him
for possessing a fraudulent dri-
ver’s permit was dismissed. The
one-time Chutney Monarch was
arrested during a police road
block at Tarouba Link Road, San
Fernando, on February 16, 2002.
In his evidence in the lawsuit,
Cpl Vijay Ramdhanie, the police
complaint in the case, testified
that he stopped Gosein’s car
after he noticed the front num-
ber plate was broken. He claimed
he arrested Gosein after he
allegedly found irregularities
while scrutinising his driver’s
permit and insurance.
After doing checks in the
Licensing Office in San Fernan-
do, which initially revealed that
the permit number matched that
of another man, Ramdhanie
charged Gosein for the fraudu-
lent document. Gosein said the
charges were laid despite his
protests over his innocence.
Gosein pleaded not guilty and
appeared before Magistrate Alicia
Chankar on ten occasions
between February 2006 and
October 2008, before the matter
was eventually dismissed after
Ramdhanie failed to appear in
court several times.
While Gosein was not acquit-
ted, his attorneys included doc-
uments from the Licencing
Office which showed there was
wrong information on his permit
caused by a clerical error.
Gosein claims that although
the case was dismissed, his
licence has not been returned
to him, nor has be been issued
with a replacement.
In addition to general damages
for his claim, Gosein is seeking
more than $300,000, which
represents the money he has
spent in hiring a driver to trans-
port his family around.
In an interview at the Hall
of Justice on Monday, Gosein
said he was relieved the matter
was settled, but noted that
improvements were needed at
the Licensing Office to prevent
further incidents from reoc-
“My family pass through a lot
of hurt and embarrassment. I
lost a lot of friends who thought
I was a fraudulent criminal. No
money can compensate us for
that,” Gosein said.
Gosein is currently before San
Fernando Magistrate Natalie
Diop charged with planassing
two of his neighbours during an
altercation in December 2012.
Gosein was represented by
Jagdeo Singh, Abdel Mohammed
and Kent Samlal, while Neil
Byam represented the State.
Charles will assess the dam-
ages due to Gosein in a hearing
scheduled for April 28.
Massive Gosein ‘fake permit’ matter ...
State drops case
ORTOIRE RIVER GLOWS
themselves in the water
of the Ortoire River last
Friday. The area, near
where the Mafeking
Bridge crosses the
Ortoire on the
has become an attraction
to both locals and
foreigners in recent
weeks since what
along its bed created an
effect which makes the
water glow at nights.
Agitating the water
creates a more brilliant
Chutney artiste Nirmal “Massive” Gosein
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