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Collapse of Ramlogan/Ramdeen case ‘a fiasco’, ‘mockery of justice system’—legal expert

‘A mockery of the justice system’ is how attorney-at-law Martin George is describing the decision to discontinue the corruption charges case against former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, SC, and former Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen. The legal fee kickback case against the men collapsed after Jamaica-born British King’s Counsel Vincent Nelson declined to begin his testimony in the duo’s preliminary inquiry. “When you gave him these guarantees and these immunities, you ought to have ensured that whatever deal you were making was an airtight and a watertight deal that would guarantee that you would get your end,” Martin George points out. The attorney-at-law says...

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Covid19 regulations charges against 26 dropped

TWENTY-six people held a year ago for breaching covid19 regulations at a private party in Valsayn have been discharged by a Tunapuna magistrate, as the police were unable to prosecute the matter. The 26 were charged in May 2021 for breaching covid19 regulations after being arrested at a house at Real Spring. On Friday, the group, represented by attorney Martin George, appeared before senior magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally. In submissions to the court, George complained about the length of time since charges were laid, leaving his clients yet to go on trial. He contended the charges against the 26 should be dismissed. George also complained...

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Stakeholders: Cruise ships will help revive Tobago’s economy

TOURISM stakeholders are optimistic that the return of cruise ships to Tobago will help revive the island’s economy After an absence of more than two and a half years, owing to the covid19 pandemic, cruise ships resumed sailings to Tobago on Sunday with the arrival of the Silver Moon. The vessel, of Silverseas Cruises, docked at the Scarborough Port at 7.30 am with 538 passengers, on its maiden voyage to Tobago. On Monday, another ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, arrived with approximately 2,500 passengers. Former Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association (THTA) president Rene Seepersadsingh hailed the return of cruise ships. “Tobago is a tourism destination...

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Morris asks THA: What’s the plan to tackle crime?

THA Minority Leader Kelvon Morris has called on the THA executive to state its plans to address the rise in gun violence on the island. Morris was speaking on Monday, two days after SRP Kyle Lashley became the island's tenth murder victim. There were seven murders in 2021. The PNM assemblyman said the latest killing was of great concern to him. Police said Lashley, 26, who last worked at the Crown Point Police Station, was with friends at around 7.10 pm, at Providence Road in Les Coteaux when a black Kia Cerato stopped alongside them, and two gunmen got out. One snatched Lashley's...

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Tobago hoteliers, chamber: Carnival a resounding success

TOBAGO Hotel and Tourism Association vice-president Carol-Ann Birchwood-James has described the island’s inaugural carnival as a resounding success. Although the figures are still being tabulated, she said a preliminary report from the association’s members on Friday showed the accommodation sector had an 85 per cent occupancy rate. That figure, she said, was expected to climb to about 90 per cent for the carnival weekend. “Once people come and you have it safe and there are no big incidents, and you have hotels at 85 per cent and climbing, it must be a success. It is not a success if people ain’t come and...

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Trinidad and Tobago’s relationship after 60 years

Official and private events have been planned to celebrate TT's 60 years of independence. Central Government has organised celebratory events, while the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has its own activities planned to mark the occasion. Politically, economically, structurally and socially, there have been many changes since TT raised its own flag on August 31, 1962. And still, there are many in Tobago who wish to see even greater changes on all fronts, arguing that Tobago's true potential can only be achieved if its fate is in the hands of Tobagonians. Some take umbrage at the name Trinidad and Tobago, preferring to say Tobago...

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Nunez-Tesheira awarded $18m in medical negligence case

FORMER Government Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira will receive more than $18 million in compensation from Gulf View Medical Centre and one of its doctors. This after the Privy Council upheld the ruling of a High Court judge and the local Appeal Court. The judgement was delivered today. The local courts had found that the doctor and medical centre were liable, by way of negligence, for the death of Nunez-Tesheira’s husband. In 2017, the Appeal Court had dismissed the appeals filed by Gulf View and Dr Crisen Jendra Roopchand in which they were seeking to have the court overturn the ruling of Vasheist Kokaram which was...

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Tobago gets set to host inaugural carnival

TOBAGO is set to create history this week, hosting its first-ever Carnival, titled Ritual, Revelry, Release, from October 28-30. And as the journey to the long-awaited event enters its final leg, hundreds of visitors are expected on the island to participate in the festivities. Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association vice-president Carol-Ann Birchwood-James estimates that the occupancy rate in the accommodation sector is about 95 per cent among its membership. But she expects to get a clearer picture by Tuesday. Birchwood-James said two weeks ago four of the big hotels, two guesthouses and one villa were not fully booked. “But I would say at this...

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Attorneys: A money trail of millions, Faris has to account

The millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money spent in the persecution of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan raises issues of misbehaviour in office on the part of former attorney general Faris Al-Rawi. This is according to Pamela Elder, SC, who represented Ramlogan in the criminal proceedings brought against him by the State. Those matters against Ramlogan and former senator Gerald Ramdeen, an attorney, have now been discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). In a telephone interview with the Express yesterday, Elder said a statement submitted by Al-Rawi to the DPP, which contained exhibits, disclosed “astounding” fees paid to a junior attorney...

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Collapse of Ramlogan/Ramdeen case ‘a fiasco’, ‘mockery of justice system’—legal expert

‘A mockery of the justice system’ is how attorney-at-law Martin George is describing the decision to discontinue the corruption charges case against former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, SC, and former Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen. The legal fee kickback case against the men collapsed after Jamaica-born British King’s Counsel Vincent Nelson declined to begin his testimony in the duo’s preliminary inquiry. “When you gave him these guarantees and these immunities, you ought to have ensured that whatever deal you were making was an airtight and a watertight deal that would guarantee that you would get your end,” Martin George points out. The attorney-at-law says...

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