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UNC withdraws case seeking to block sale of Petrotrin refinery

The United National Congress has withdrawn an application for an injunction of the sale of the Petrotrin refinery.

Former UNC senator Wayne Sturge was seeking an injunction compelling Finance Minister Colm Imbert to call a meeting of the Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament on Energy.

The injunction sought to block the sale of the refinery as there was no JSC to scrutinise the deal.

However, Imbert's attorney Martin Daly informed the court that the meeting of JSC on Energy will be held next Wednesday.

More on this later.

 - Derek Achong

Businessman in court for Secret Sunday offences

Valsayn businessman Emile Sanowar was charged with the possession of a firearm and ammunition after he was held by police when they raided the Secret Sunday party at Lady Chancellor Heights in Port-of-Spain on Sunday night.

Sanowar was charged by Corporal Mohammed of the Port-of-Spain Task Force late this afternoon at the Besson Street Police Station and was later taken to the Port of Spain Magistrate's Court.

However, when police arrived at the court with Sanowar close to 4 p.m he was later taken downstairs to be processed. 

DPP to get file on eye clinic

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh said yes­ter­day that a file is be­ing com­piled and will be sent to the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions in re­la­tion to the com­pa­ny in­volved in the drug which caused sev­en pa­tients to go blind in ei­ther one eye or both eyes.

State to pay contractor $1.5m for ‘unauthorised’ work

The Min­istry of Works and Trans­port has been or­dered to pay al­most $1.5 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion to a con­trac­tor from San­gre Grande, who car­ried out paving works in east Trinidad in 2011 with­out a writ­ten con­tract with the min­istry. 

De­liv­er­ing a judge­ment at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, on Mon­day, High Court Judge James Aboud ruled in favour of  East­ern En­gi­neer­ing and Mar­ket­ing Ser­vices. 

Two police constables appear in court today

Two brothers, both of whom are police constables, will appear before a Port of Spain magistrate today, on charges of misbehaviour in public office.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in March last year, during which a 30-year-old watchman was confronted by the two officers, who reportedly assaulted and abused him.

The victim informed the officers he was going to report them for their actions and proceeded to the Central Police Station.

It was reported that he was followed by the officers who arrested him for using obscene language and resisting arrest.

Law Association, PM trial date to be set next Monday

A trial date for the Law Association's lawsuit over the decision of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to refuse to impeach Chief Justice Ivor Archie is expected to be set next Monday. 

Lawyers representing the association, Rowley, Archie and the Office of the Attorney General were expected to present submissions on whether the association should be granted leave to pursue its judicial review claim, during a hearing before Justice Vasheist Kokaram, this morning. 

Vicky to stand trial on fraud charges

Former travel agent Vicky Boodram and her estranged husband Ravi Arjoonsingh were today committed to stand trial on 107 fraud charges in the San Fernando High Court. 

They, along with Boodram Trav­el and Ship Ahoy Cruis­es, were committed by San Fernando Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine who ruled that the prosecution had made out a prima facie case against them.

Boodram was denied bail and advised of her right to apply for the judge in chambers for bail while Arjoonsingh was granted $2 million approval bail.

Law Association files lawsuit against PM

The Law As­so­ci­a­tion has filed its law­suit against Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley over his de­ci­sion to re­ject its in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against em­bat­tled Chief Jus­tice Ivor Archie. 

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s le­gal team filed its ju­di­cial re­view ap­pli­ca­tion in the High Court Reg­istry at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. 

Bail denied again to Beetham gang accused

Three men from east Port-of-Spain on gang charges have again been de­nied bail.

An­cil Shawn Vil­lafana, Kevon Isa­iah Franklyn, and Keedel Fabi­an Mon­trose, all of Beetham Gar­dens, were all re­mand­ed back in­to cus­tody as they reap­peared be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Maria Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates' Court, this morn­ing.

Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle re­ject­ed claims by po­lice pros­e­cu­tors that the Bail (Amend­ment) Act, which pre­cludes bail for re­peat of­fend­ers charged with vi­o­lent crimes, ap­plied to the trio's case.

San Juan vendors rent to stay the same pending lawsuit

Vendors at the San Juan market can continue paying the rent they have had since 1996 while their lawsuits over rental increases at the facility are being determined. 

This morning, high court judge Frank Seepersad granted the vendors an injunction blocking the San Juan/Laventille regional corporation from charging the vendors increased rent. 

Seepersad took the decision after he granted leave to vendor Jaiwantee Maccoon to pursue a lawsuit in which she is alleging that the corporation acted unlawfully by attempting to raise the rent without amending its bye-laws. 

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