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Attorneys and activists welcome plan for human trafficking court

Plans announced by National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds for a special court to deal with human trafficking cases, have been welcomed by human rights attorneys and activists although they had concerns about infrastructure and sustainable funding for the proposed facility. Attorney Criston J Williams recalled that on February 24 the T&T Government told the United Nations they were developing draft policies to deal with trafficking. He questioned the rationale for the proposed court and said Hinds “should disclose the policy so we can see what the infrastructure of this is.” He said: “How we are going to train, develop the judges and...

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‘A need for reflection’
After serving one year in office, lawyers grade AG’s work…

ATTORNEY GENERAL Reginald Armour has survived his first year in office and some of his colleagues believe he should still be given a chance to prove himself. Others are of the view that reflection is needed. This Thursday marks one year since Armour was appointed as AG by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on March 16, 2022. Criminal Bar Association head Israel Khan, SC, says the AG’s year was hectic, demanding, onerous and overwhelming. In a phone interview with the Sunday Express yesterday, Khan said he would give Armour a “B” grade, saying there is room for improvement. He noted the AG came into...

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Criticisms flow over justice system
…after collapse of case against Panday, Oma, John, Galbaransingh

Calls for improvement in this country’s criminal justice system were made by senior attorneys yesterday following Monday’s collapse of the case against former prime minister Basdeo Panday and his wife, Oma Panday, former minister Carlos John and businessman Ishwar Galbaransingh. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard SC filed a notice of discontinuance in the case against the four at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, stating it had to be considered whether there was fair prospect of conviction in the matter. He told the court key witnesses were unavailable, as some had died and there was also one elderly person...

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Armour mum on return of ‘missing file’

The issue of Monday’s reappearance of the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman case file and the matter of who handed it to the acting Solicitor General or who located it continues to be part of Justice Stanley John’s investigation into the matter. Attorney General Reginald Armour indicated this in the Senate yesterday following queries by UNC Senator Wade Mark who noted Monday night’s reports that the missing file was found. Mark asked where the file was found. In the Senate there was some noise from the UNC side as Armour rose to reply to Mark’s query. Armour cited the media release by John of the file...

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Business Chambers: Ferry disruptions hurting Tobago business

The chair of the Tobago Division of the T&T Chamber, Dianne Hadad, says disruptions with the sailing schedule of the Cabo Star—the cargo vessel servicing Tobago—are creating more hardship for small businesses trying to survive on the sister island. Hadad said the connectivity between the islands is unreliable. “Que sera, sera. We have had no sailings Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and now today,” she said. “We would have gotten the information on a daily basis. Last night I was advised that the boat is not ready or would not be able to sail today again.” “We are continuously hurt in Tobago because of the...

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Mc Donald Jacob the civilian?

WITHOUT the Cabinet extending his contract for another year, acting Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob will no longer be a member of the police service, with one year remaining on his contract. According to Section 75 of the Police Service Act, a first division officer retires at age 60 and can, on the approval of the President, be granted three one-year extensions. Jacob had his first extension last year, and without another will have no choice but to call it a day after 43 years of service. Newsday contacted the Office of the President on Friday afternoon and was told that last...

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Impasse over Tobago mas gets more heated

The debate over Carnival in Tobago is becoming more heated with a cultural activist on the island insisting that mas band leaders should not get more funds. Terrance Sandiford, former Tobago region chair of the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA), said the money being demanded by the Tobago Band Leaders’ Association should instead be invested in Carnival in October. He said there has been wastage over the years which must end if the industry on the island is the reach its full potential. There is currently an impasse between the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and the Tobago Band Leaders Association, whose...

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Precedent for President?
Candidates with legal background got edge over years

Five of the six Presidents of Trinidad and Tobago have a background in the legal sphere and with Senate President Christine Kangaloo nominated to replace the incumbent, there will once again be an officeholder with experience in the field. However, the Constitution does not place such a criteria for someone to ascend to the office. According to chapter 3, section 23 (1) of the Constitution, “A person is qualified to be nominated for election as President if, and is not so qualified unless, he is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago of the age of thirty-five years or upwards who at the...

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Attorney George: Nothing legally wrong in Government’s choice for President

Tobago Business Chamber chairman and attorney Martin George says there is nothing legally wrong in the Government nominating Christine Kangaloo – President of the Senate – for President of the country. The Prime Minister announced Kangaloo as the government's choice at a press conference on Friday. The selection has been criticised by the Opposition and other political rivals as Kangaloo has had a long history as part of the ruling People's National Movement (PNM), including as a Cabinet minister. However, George said her selection was not illegal. “In fact, such a view is fortified and enshrined within our very own Constitution when one looks...

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