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The rights of the foetus

THE ZIKA virus and its implications for pregnant women have set in train further debates about a woman’s right to abortion. The issues are complex and it is possible that there will never be consensus. It is only common sense that a pregnant woman cannot be placed in a position as existed in Ireland in 2012 when a 31-year-old Indian dentist, Savita Halappanavar, died due to complications of a septic miscarriage and because the hospital staff hesitated to abort the foetus since it might not be legal. According to legal experts in Trinidad and Tobago, common law precedents already provide for...

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Former Chief Justice wise proposal.

THE PROBLEMS plaguing the prison system are hardly new. But a recent proposal made by former Chief Justice Michael de la Bastide offers the State a fresh solution to one defect which the system suffers from. In an interview with Newsday published last Thursday, the former Chief Justice put forward a new approach to cases involving persons left waiting in jail for periods longer than the sentence they face. He suggested these persons be granted “own bail”, or bail which would not require security. The prisoner would pay a deposit to be held by the State. Should the prisoner abscond, the...

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ADULTERY

Adultery is the voluntary or consensual sexual intercourse between a married person (the husband or wife) and a person (a third party whether married or unmarried) of the opposite sex, not being the other’s spouse. It should be noted that homosexual intercourse or other forms of sexual activity not involving sexual intercourse do not constitute adultery; Dennis v Dennis [1955] P 153. Some territories require that divorce petitions relying on the fact of adultery make the alleged adulterer the co-respondent, while some territories at the discretion of the court can make the adulterer pay whole or part of the proceedings. The standard...

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ATTORNEY: NO NEED FOR AG TO RECUSE HIMSELF FROM WARNER’S EXTRADITION MATTER

Attorney Martin George does not believe AG Garvin Nicholas needs to recuse himself from extradition proceedings against former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner. He said the AG is only presenting the material to the United States based on the Treaty between both countries, and was not involved in gathering the evidence against Mr. Warner. As such, he does not believe that there is any personal interest. “At the end of the day, this is a request from the United States Government so you are merely facilitating that process. The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago will not be the person who has gathered...

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LONG ROAD AHEAD FOR PROSECUTORS IN SEETAHAL CASE, SAYS ATTORNEY

Attorney at law, Martin George says he hopes the authorities have learnt from the errors made during the State of Emergency as it relates to apprehending and subsequently prosecuting individuals with crimes, particularly those charged under the Anti-Gang Act. Commenting on those charged with the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal, Mr. George says taking into consideration the high profile nature of this case, he hopes the TTPS is in possession of evidence which proves their involvement beyond a reasonable doubt. Speaking on Good Morning T&T, Mr. George said he foresees a long and arduous road ahead for all involved in the...

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Questions over new spy agency to replace SIA… How far will the NIA go?

Even before the Government’s much touted National Intelligence Agency (NIA) gets off the ground, it is facing mounting criticism from various ranks  of the Police Service who have deemed it a waste of taxpayers’ money. Officers working in specialist units are calling on the Government to make public the    specific mandate of the NIA and are questioning whether the proposed agency would be another spy unit operating under a different name. The Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) has a mandate to gather criminal intelligence, including intelligence relating to acts of terrorism. It also assists in gathering information relating to threats to high-profile figures. The...

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ROAD TO SILKEN SEDUCTION

It is indeed heartening to see that the Honourable Attorney General has decided that there needs to be an overhaul of the entire system for the assessment and award of silk in this country. What is of some disquiet though, is that by appointing Mr Samraj Harripaul, the chairman of the Law Reform Commission to prepare a Green Paper in this regard, he unfortunately places Mr Harripaul in a rather invidious position. Mr Harripaul was among this very group of silks which has attracted so much attention and scrutiny, so that any recommendations, proposals or suggestions emanating from him in...

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POLICE SERVICE MUST BE TRUTHFUL WITH PUBLIC

by NEWSPOWER on JUNE 24, 2014 · Concerns have been expressed that public trust in the police service has suffered a major blow. Commissioner in the Police Service Commission, Martin George has stated that in order to deal with this issue the police service needs to be truthful with the public. He revealed that the lack of information on major cases has resulted in a block between the public and police authorities.   https://news.power102fm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/MG-on-public-confidence.mp3   In an effort to improve the operations of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Minister of National Security Gary Griffith has met with the Deputy Commissioner of the New York...

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BAKER: THA not using money to benefit isle

Minister of Tobago Development Delmond Baker aroused the ire of PNM Senator Shamfa Cudjoe in the Senate yesterday when he accused the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) of siphoning off millions of dollars of its allocation from Central Government into election road-paving exercises, contingency funds and even a bank account. Baker, who made his second appearance in the Senate yesterday, was speaking during a motion on a Review of the Regional Health Authorities of Trinidad and Tobago brought by Independent Senator Dr Victor Wheeler. He said the THA received close to $2 billion every year from Central Government to run its affairs...

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PULP FICTION

Byline Author: Martin George Article Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009 Looking on at the daily body count as it piles up around Trinidad and Tobago makes you wonder if we aren’t looking at our own home-made version of the movie Pulp Fiction II. Looking on at the daily body count as it piles up around Trinidad and Tobago makes you wonder if we aren’t looking at our own home-made version of the movie Pulp Fiction II. The fiction is fuelled by the Ministry of National Insecurity, which presides over the collapse and total failure of any feelings of safety and security that the citizenry may have...

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