US judge orders Warner to pay US$79M in CONCACAF case

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been ordered to pay a US$79 million penalty stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal.

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge in New York City imposed the judgment against Warner on Tuesday, in a lawsuit brought by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

The 2017 suit accused Warner of embezzling millions of dollars from the soccer association.

It said he arranged kickbacks in connection with broadcasting rights for regional tournaments.

Vicky to know fate soon

Af­ter eight years be­fore the court on mul­ti-fraud charges, Vicky Boodram is ex­pect­ed to know on Ju­ly 31 whether she and her ex-hus­band Ravi Ar­joon­s­ingh will be com­mit­ted to stand tri­al in the High Court.

San Fer­nan­do Se­nior Mag­is­trate Cher­ry-Ann An­toine who has been pre­sid­ing over the pa­per com­mit­tal pro­ceed­ing over the past 15 months in­to the 107 fraud charges against them in­di­cat­ed yes­ter­day that she is like­ly to give her de­ci­sion on that day.

Faris to give evidence against Anand

At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi, Po­lice Com­plaints Au­thor­i­ty (PCA) Di­rec­tor David West and Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith are all ex­pect­ed to face in­tense cross-ex­am­i­na­tion when Se­nior Coun­sel Anand Ram­lo­gan’s wit­ness tam­per­ing case even­tu­al­ly comes up for tri­al.

Jamadar sworn in as CCJ judge

Jus­tice Pe­ter Ja­madar has been sworn in as a Caribbean Court of Jus­tice (CCJ) judge.

The swear­ing in took place this morn­ing at Pres­i­dent's House.

Ja­mad­ar be­comes the fourth lo­cal judge to hold such a po­si­tion in the CCJ.

The first was Jus­tice Michael De La Bastide, who was al­so the court's pres­i­dent, Rol­ston Nel­son and Mau­reen Ra­j­nauth-Lee.

Moonilal loses bid to stop privileges debate

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal has been de­nied an in­junc­tion by the High Court to stop to­day's par­lia­men­tary de­bate on the Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee re­port against him.

The rul­ing clears the way for the com­mit­tee's re­port to be de­bat­ed in Par­lia­ment this af­ter­noon.

The rul­ing al­so sets a his­toric le­gal prece­dent that sees the court in­ter­ven­ing in the work of the Par­lia­ment, an in­ter­ac­tion which the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers doc­trine guards against.

No bail for police officer on rape charge

Spe­cial Re­serve Po­lice of­fi­cer Akeem James has been denied bail on charges of rape, griev­ous sex­u­al as­sault and false im­pris­on­ment of a 29-year-old Venezue­lan woman.
 James, 28, appeared on Wednesday before Princes Town First Court Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally on Wednesday.
The magistrate was told that James had a pending matter of a similar nature. 
James was charged on Tuesday night by WCpl Dane-Marie Marshal of the Professional Standards Bureau. 

Judge orders deed expunged after bogus transaction

A scrap met­al deal­er has de­nied ever pur­chas­ing 491 acres of land for $4 mil­lion yet a deed was pre­pared and reg­is­tered in her name.

As a re­sult, Jus­tice Ron­nie Boodoos­ingh has or­dered that the deed of con­veyance be ex­punged from the records and re­quest­ed a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tion.

Judge advises ex-cane farmers: File class action suit for $103m compensation

A High Court judge has be­gun to man­age the cas­es of over 2,300 for­mer pri­vate sug­ar cane farm­ers who are claim­ing that they are still owed a to­tal of $103 mil­lion un­der a com­pen­sa­tion scheme for tran­si­tion­ing out of the sug­ar in­dus­try.

Jus­tice James Aboud com­menced the te­dious process as scores of the cas­es came up for hear­ing be­fore him at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain yes­ter­day.

After forcibly committed to St Ann’s Hospital, woman compensation delayed

Cheryl Miller, the em­ploy­ee of the Min­istry of Gen­der, Youth and Child Af­fairs, who shot in­to the pub­lic lime­light af­ter she dragged from her of­fice and forcibly com­mit­ted to the St Ann’s Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal in 2012, will have to wait a while longer be­fore she claims the al­most $850,000 in com­pen­sa­tion she re­ceived over the or­deal.