Attorney General and Member of Parliament for San Fernando West, Faris Al-Rawi MP. (Image courtesy Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)
DEREK ACHONG

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi has noted that an injunction was not granted by High Court Judge Avason Quinlan-Williams to block a second deportation of a group of Venezuelan migrant children and adults, who returned to the country after being repatriated on Sunday.

In a press release issued a short while ago to correct an allegedly incorrect report published by this newspaper, Al Rawi claimed that an injunction was not discussed during the emergency hearing on Wednesday, as his office’s legal team gave an undertaking not to seek to enforce deportation orders against them pending the outcome of the proceedings.

According to court filings, the group’s lawyers were seeking an injunction prior to the hearing.

As the undertaking essentially has the same effect as the proposed injunction, it was no longer necessary and was not pursued.

In his release, Al Rawi noted that the only issue pursued was the need for the group to undergo mandatory quarantine, which was raised by his legal team and upheld by Quinlan-Williams.

“The State adopted this position out of respect for the Court process as per the normal course of dealings for this Government, whilst continuing to protect the public health of T&T,” he said.

“The Government continues to urge journalists to be mindful of their responsibilities and to verify information received instead of publishing inaccurate media reports,” he added.

While Al Rawi criticised this newspaper’s reporter for failing to properly observe the proceedings, he neglected to say that he (the reporter), along with other media personnel and observers, were removed from the virtual hearing at a preliminary stage before the undertaking was even raised and discussed.

Although this newspaper’s reports never identified the members of the group by name as the same protection for minors was afforded to them as is done in reports on local minors, Al Rawi cited the name of the child, on whose behalf the case filed, at the start of his release.