Attorney General Faris Al Rawi says that Monday’s Privy Court ruling in favour of Ravi Balgobin-Maharaj was a “run of the mill judicial review application”; not a landmark judgment pertaining to Freedom of Information applications that is being portrayed by the Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bisessar.
His comments came at a press conference today at Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs to address the issue.
He said currently, the leading case for Freedom of Information appeals is the Joint Consultative Council’s (JCC) Invaders Bay case.
Six men from Diego Martin, whose protracted preliminary inquiry for murdering a Cepep worker had to be restarted due to the short-lived judicial appointment of former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, have been freed.
Akili Charles, Chicki Portello, Anton Cambridge, Kareem Gomez, Levi Joseph and Israel “Arnold” Lara were discharged by Ayers-Caesar's successor Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle at the end of their second preliminary inquiry in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court, this morning.
A 39-year-old production technician who was assaulted, maliciously prosecuted and falsely imprisoned by the police has been awarded $204, 750 in damages.
Justice Carol Gobin ordered WPC Vaughn Cudjoe-Joseph and the Attorney General to pay the damages to Kerryn Kissoon.
The money included special damages in the sum of $11,500 for a Blackberry cellular phone and D2 coil set which were seized by the police and not returned to him, as well as $5,750 for his legal representation at the magistrates’ court.
Six men who were recaptured after last Wednesday's prison break from the Golden Grove Prison have returned to court.
In addition to the charges they already face, which range from robbery to murder, the men will likely be charged with escaping lawful custody.
The six were taken to the Arima Magistrate's court between 10 a.m and 11 a.m on Monday 20 May, 2019 in batches of two.
Up until 1pm, the escapees and their attorneys were still before a magistrate answering the charges.
The United National Congress (UNC) activist Ravi Balgobin Maharaj has been granted a lifeline in his bid to obtain documents related to Petrotrin's failed billion-dollar World Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plant deal.
In a judgement delivered at the United Kingdom's Supreme Court in London, this morning, five Law Lords of the Privy Council ruled that a High Court Judge and the Court of Appeal were both wrong to dismiss Maharaj's lawsuit, over his failure to obtain the documents through a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
A man who was shot and injured during a police-involved shooting in Big Yard, Carenage, two weeks ago, has appeared in court to face three charges, among them shooting at the police.
Dequan Dyall, who walked in on crutches, was brought to the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court along with Christian Eve.
The plea agreement matter involving Queen’s Counsel Vincent Nelson failed to begin as planned Thursday, as Nelson was unable to arrive in this country in time for the hearing.
The matter came up for hearing before High Court judge Malcolm Holdip at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain at 2 pm., but the court learned that Nelson was yet to return to this country from the United Kingdom.
Attorney Cherry Ann Rajkumar has been found in contempt of court and fined $10,000 fine.
Justice Frank Seepersad ordered Rajkumar to pay the fine on or before June 30 otherwise she is to serve two days simple imprisonment.
Southern Medical Clinic through its attorneys filed the application for the court to find Rajkumar in contempt for breaching an interim injunction.
The injunction restrains Rajkumar from reposting or repeating allegations against the clinic.
The State on Tuesday closed its case against former travel agent Vicky Boodram and her ex-husband on 107 fraud charges arising out of a failed cruise ship voyage.
Special prosecutor Elaine Greene led evidence for the State before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the San Fernando First Court.
The State proceeded via paper committal last April, whereby the statements of the witnesses were tendered into evidence and only the defence determined which of them they needed to cross-examine.
A 33-year-old Coast Guard officer, who set his police officer girlfriend on fire during an argument last week, has been denied bail after appearing in court this morning.
Nathaniel Bullock appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court charged with causing grievous bodily harm to 29-year-old WPC Kelly-Ann Humphrey.
Bullock stood silently in the prisoner enclosure with his right hand heavily bandaged and an "Our Daily Bread" prayer book in his other.