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Medical board not done with Dr Sawh yet

The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago has not officially completed its probe into Dr Avinash Sawh despite withdrawing its letter dated November 15, 2020, that outlined five complaints against him. Attorney-at-law Ravesh Persad, who represents the council, said the decision to withdraw the letter was taken to allow the body to determine whether any of the persons who raised complaints were willing to complete and sign the official complaint forms. The move by the council followed several objections from Dr Sawhs lawyer, Martin George, who noted that it was improper to dispatch the letter to his client without the council first...

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Dr Sawh ‘race’ probe hits snag

THE investigation into allegations of racial slurs by San Fernando-based doctor Avinash Sawh is now at a standstill because of a procedural flaw. As a result, the Council of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago has withdrawn its original letter to Sawh outlining five complaints about his behaviour and is now seeking to restart the complaints process, as the original complaints were not done on signed Medical Board complaint forms. The Board will decide at its regular monthly meeting next month if it will embark on a fresh probe. The Medical Board’s attorney, Rajiv Persad, however emphasised yesterday that the probe...

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Medical Board to decide on way forward with Dr Sawh

THE Medical Board has been advised to withdraw the original letter of complaint against Dr Avinash Sawh, who had been accused of making racist statements in telephone calls with a former employee, and make a new decision on whether it should embark upon an enquiry. The board, in a letter dated November 12, 2020, had cited five people who alleged that Sawh had “displayed blatant racism, used racial slurs, verbally abused an employee and showed strong evidence of discriminatory hiring practices.” But in a letter on Monday, the board wrote to Sawh’s attorney Martin George and agreed there was a procedural flaw...

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Medical Board withdraws letter to doctor accused of racism

A letter sent by the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago to Dr Avinash Sawh over racist comments he made in several audio recordings has been retracted. Attorney Martin George, representing Dr Sawh, told Loop News that the letter with five complaints listed against Dr Sawh had been withdrawn. ‘The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago has to date sent correspondence indicating that they have taken the decision to withdraw their letter which had five complaints against our client.’ He said they had replied to the Board’s letter with a reply outlining several objections and highlighted several irregularities, basing the statements on the...

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Medical Board rethinks Sawh enquiry 

The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago has withdrawn its letter to Dr Avinash Sawh and will make a fresh determination at its meeting next month whether Sawh should be the subject of an enquiry. In a letter from Allum Chambers, attorney Rajiv Persad, representing the Medical Board to attorney Martin George, who represents Sawh, Persad wrote, “The Council has accepted my advice and therefore we wish to advise that they have agreed at their Regular Monthly Meeting for January 2021 to formally withdraw the letter sent to your client dated 12th November 2020.” The letter he referenced was titled “Allegations against your...

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Former LATT president: Too many lawyers in TT

Former president of the Law association of TT (LATT) Seenath Jairam, SC, says, for a small society with an approximate 1.4 million people, TT is producing far too many lawyers. Speaking to Newsday on Sunday, Jairam said more than 300 lawyers were approved by the association each year and thus the country was saturated with attorneys, some of whom could not find work. Jairam made the comment in response to a Saturday Newsday lead story that said lawyers were driving taxis to make ends meet. “In my first year I signed in over 400 lawyers,” Jairam said. “When the council of legal case...

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Unpaid allowances, unused leave: Ex-diplomat seeks $250,000 from State

A retired diplomat has successfully pursued his lawsuit against the State over $250,000 in unpaid salary allowances and unused vacation leave. Guardian Media understands that lawyers representing former ambassador Anthony Edghill filed the lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General last year. In September, High Court Judge Avason Quinlan-Williams issued directions for Edghill’s attorneys to file submissions and for the State to file its defence. Edghill’s lawyers Martin George and Sara Martinez then filed for a default judgment after State attorneys missed their deadline for filing their defence. While Quinlan-Williams upheld the application for default judgment on December 30, Edghill could not immediately...

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Royal Caribbean cruise gets mixed reviews from Tobago stakeholders

Tobago stakeholders have mixed views about the decision of Royal Caribbean International cruise lines to include Trinidad and Tobago as one of its destinations in the 2021/2022 season. While some welcomed the move, others were sceptical given the country’s challenges to contain the spread of covid19. Tobago Chamber president Martin George said although the organisation is always eager and willing to welcome cruise ships, “we have to question and wonder at this point in time, if all the necessary safety protocols are in place to really allow the docking of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in TT.” He added: “If it is that...

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Tobago Chalkie, THA feud over $153k ‘compensation’ land

Alex “Tobago Chalkie” Gift has threatened the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) with legal action over access to a parcel of land at the Shirvan Road Development. Gift was one of the residents affected by the ANR Robinson International Airport expansion project. Gift said he was offered the land by the THA as part of the compensation package after his land was acquired by the State for the airport expansion project. He maintains that he was given permission to begin construction on the land since September last year by an agent/servant of the Airport Relocation Committee (ARC) and did so. He said...

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