Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has come in for flack for trying to deny media reports of Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s admission of an ISIS terror cell operating in T&T.
In Parliament last Friday, according to verbatim notes, UNC MP Bhoe Tewarie had asked Rowley, “Is there anything in Trinidad and Tobago that can be considered an ISIS cell or an ISIS satellite?”
Attorney General Faris Al Rawi has said that he is pleased that an early date has been set for the appeal in the matter involving the filing of forms for the implementationn of Property Tax.
The AG issued a statement on the matter on Monday.
"The Court of Appeal consisting of Jamadar JA, Smith JA and Jones JA this morning gave directions for the hearing of the Appeal against the order made on Friday evening by Seepersad J at the San Fernando High Court.
The government will take the controversial Cybercrime Bill to Parliament on Friday and will seek to have it go straight to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament before any attempts to have it passed.
The announcement was made by Attorney General Faris Al Rawi at today's post-Cabinet news conference.
The bill requires a three-fifth's majority of the House of Representatives to be passed.
Al Rawi said the government has had detailed meetings with the Media Association and Publishers and Broadcasters Association on it.
The Law Association says it will seek to engage the Chief Justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General on a "workable solution" regarding the appointment of judges.
The Association notes that while the Constitution does not require public disclosure on the appointment of judges but says the relative secrecy involved has the potential to encourage suspicion.
The Association issued this statement today:
"The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago is committed to transparency and accountability in the selection and appointment of judges.
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says the issue of whether the T&T Defence Force makes public the findings of its probe into the matter of children being photographed with high-powered weapons at their Cumuto facility is up to the army.
The AG was also adamant that when it came to the safety of his children, the issue was “non-negotiable.”
He made the comment yesterday, even as Advocacy Group Fixin T&T joined the list of citizens publicly voicing their concern over the matter and calling for the report to be made public.