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The Vindra Naipaul-Coolman murder
trial resumed yesterday after being post-
poned for almost a week due to a critical
legal and administrative issue.
During a brief hearing before presiding
Judge Malcolm Holdip in the Port-of-Spain
High Court yesterday, lead prosecutor Israel
Khan, SC, announced that the issue had been
rectified, allowing the trial to resume.
Details of the issue cannot be revealed as
it had not been discussed in front of the 12-
member jury and five alternates.
After Khan s announcement, defence attor-
ney Mario Merritt, who has been recently
appointed to represent a third accused, briefly
cross-examined the State s last witness, Cpl
Nigel Stephens of the police Audio Visual
Stephens was part of a group of police
officers who did three searches at La Puerta
Avenue, Diego Martin after Naipaul-Coolman
was abducted on December 19, 2006.
Her family paid a $122,000 ransom for
her release but she has never been seen since
and her body has not been found.
Most of the dozen men on trial lived in
the area before being arrested and charged
with the Xtra Foods chief executive s murder.
Stephen made several video recordings of
the evidence found by his colleagues during
searches, which have been shown to the jury.
The evidence included a loaded pistol,
allegedly found in the home of one of the
accused men, in addition a to a roll of tape;
latex gloves and a ski mask, which were
recovered in a forested area overlooking the
In his cross-examination yesterday, Merritt
questioned Stephens on details of the homes
that were searched in his video clips including
an incomplete red-brick house where pros-
ecutors claim the businesswoman was kept
captive before being killed.
Stephens was also asked if he saw any
crime scene investigators while filming the
three raids. He said no.
Merritt posed several hypothetical ques-
tions on whether he would have been required
to film if investigators had found blood or
other fluid samples on the scene, before he
completed the cross-examination, bringing
Stephen s testimony to a close.
Although Khan said he was prepared to
continue leading evidence after Stephens, he
told Holdip his next two witnesses had not
been notified to attend court, as prosecutors
were unsure whether the issue would be
solved in time for yesterday s hearing.
Holdip said the jury foreman had indicated
that some of the jurors could not attend
court today as they had appointments, so
he adjourned the case to tomorrow.
Highway Re-route Movement leader Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh is not ruling out a second hunger
strike in his bid to get Government to reconsider
the Debe to Mon Desir leg of the Point Fortin
Kublalsingh made the statement yesterday as
he marked 100 days of sitting outside Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar s St Clair office.
Kublalsingh, who admitted that after 100 days
no one from the Prime Minister s office had met
with the HRM about its concerns, said he was
not conceding defeat.
"We have not yet received any messenger, mes-
sage or person from the Prime Minister s office
to visit us. We intend to stay here and advocate
and ask the Prime Minister to abide by the rec-
ommendations of the Armstrong report," he con-
Kublalsingh, who spoke in a telephone interview
yesterday, said even though no one had responded
to his group he was not going to give up and was
considering all his options at this time.
One of those options, he said, was a second
"Nobody wants a hunger strike, but if it has
to come and as an ultimate tool it will come. We
are not contemplating it at the moment, but if
it takes that as an ultimate tool, a strategic tool
to get good governance and accountability it is
not an action we will shirk. In fact, we will have
a duty to do it," Kublalsingh declared.
In 2012 Kublalsingh went on a 21-day hunger
strike over the same issue.
Yesterday he said the protest outside the Prime
Minister s office was no longer about Persad-
Bissessar s intervention, but getting other groups
"It is about the capacity of civil society, the
trade unions, the NGOs and the political party or
the opposition parties and civil society generally
to persuade the Prime Minister (if she continues
with) the plan to continue work on the highway,
she will be acting recklessly," he said.
Kublalsingh said the HRM s appeal of Justice
James Aboud s ruling in its lawsuit against the
State was expected to be heard in the Court of
Appeal on July 9.
The PNM is calling on
Central Bank Governor
Jwala Rambarran to say
how the assets of CL
Financial are being dis-
tributed amid claims that
they are being given to
Making the demand of
Rambarran was Diego
Martin North East MP
Colm Imbert at a press
briefing at the Opposi-
tion s office Charles
Imbert said among the
assets were Angostura
Ltd, Home Construction
Ltd, One Woodbrook
Place, Millennium Devel-
opment, Methanal Hold-
ings, Colfire, and Colonial
Life Insurance Company.
He claimed secret
arrangements were being
made to hand over the CL
Financial assets to select
"There are all sorts of
backroom deals of people
who have control of this
situation making deals
with their friends and
family to dispose of these
assets of CL Financial
before the next general
"We are insisting the
Central Bank governor
comes clean, the Finance
Minister comes clean...tell
us what is the Govern-
ment s plan, what is the
Central Bank s plan with
Kublalsingh may go on
second hunger strike
respect to the disposal of
the CL Financial assets,
which are worth billions,"
He said if no answers
were provided, the PNM
intended to press the issue
"We want to know
what are they doing. They
have no right to keep this
a secret. They must tell
us what is going on and
if they don t tell us we are
justified in coming to the
conclusion that some-
thing irregular and illegal
is going on and that all
sorts of deals are being
made in secret because
the general election is
upon us," Imbert added.
A dangerous mamaguy
Last week some US
$30 million was pumped
into the system by the
Central Bank in response
to claims of a foreign
But PNM Senator Dr
Lester Henry, who also
spoke at yesterday s press
briefing, described this
as a "dangerous mam-
aguy" in terms of creat-
ing exchange-rate insta-
"Now if you have
another drastic change
business people will log-
ically start seeking more
US dollars, because they
don t know what the rate
is going to be.
"It took almost four
years for the exchange
rate to grow, from rough-
ly 6.34 to 6.37," Henry
Describing the move
as reactionary, Henry
said the US$30 million
was merely to satisfy the
"small man" going to the
bank to buy "US10 or
"If the market demand
for foreign exchange way
outstrips the supply,
there is no logic in cre-
ating a re-evaluation of
the exchange rate so
most agents and bankers
will understand that this
re-evaluation will not be
sustainable, and that
could probably exacer-
bate the hoarding situ-
ation," Henry added.
PNM questions CL Financial asset distribution
Case resumes tomorrow
The accused are Shervon "Buffy"
Peters; Keida Garcia, Marlon "Mad Man
Marlon" Trimmingham; Earl "Bobo"
Trimmingham; Ronald "22" Armstrong;
Antonio "Hedges" Charles; Joel "Ninja"
Fraser; Lyndon "Iron" James; Allan
"Scann" Martins; Devon "Blackboy"
Peters; Anthony Dwayne Gloster, also
called Anthony Peters and Jamile
"WASA" Garcia. A 13th, Raphael
Williams, died in prison in 2011.
BEFORE THE COURT
PNM Senator Dr Lester Henry speaks on foreign exchange during a press
conference at the Office of the Opposition in Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Listening
at left is Diego Martin North/East MP Colm Imbert. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
After one-week break...
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