Duke moves for dismissal of sedition charges

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Pub­lic Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA) Pres­i­dent Wat­son Duke have sought to have a sedi­tion charge against him dis­missed. 

Duke’s lawyer John Heath made the ap­pli­ca­tion as his client reap­peared be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Maria Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate’s Court, yes­ter­day morn­ing. 

Crime Watch employee falls ill in court

Two em­ploy­ees of Crime Watch Host Ian Al­leyne were re­mand­ed in­to cus­tody yes­ter­day af­ter ap­pear­ing in court charged with steal­ing $10,000.

One of them, Ak­ile Si­mon, a for­mer jour­nal­ist, suf­fered a seizure in court and had to be tak­en for med­ical treat­ment.

Hinds continues testimony against Beetham man

Laven­tille West MP Fitzger­ald Hinds re­turned to the wit­ness stand briefly as the ob­scene lan­guage case of self-pro­claimed Beetham Com­mu­ni­ty Ac­tivist An­der­son Wil­son con­tin­ued yes­ter­day.

Hinds’stay in the wit­ness box, how­ev­er, was cut short as he had to ex­it the pro­ceed­ings at 11. 45 am to at­tend an im­por­tant meet­ing at White­hall, the court learnt.

The mat­ter it­self had a de­layed start as de­fence at­tor­ney Dar­ren Mitchell said he could not ar­rive be­fore 11 am.

Anand, Ramdeen case pushed to April 28

The case against for­mer at­tor­ney gen­er­al Anand Ram­lo­gan, SC, and for­mer Op­po­si­tion sen­a­tor Ger­ald Ramdeen for al­leged le­gal fee kick­back fees has been de­layed once again.

Fol­low­ing a sta­tus hear­ing be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Maria Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day, the mat­ter was once again ad­journed this time to April 28, as the State once again re­quired more time to dis­close wit­ness state­ments.

Chatham residents protest over landslip

Chatham residents blocked the Southern Main Road in Chatham on Monday, as they called on Works Minister Rohan Sinanan to repair a landslip which has claimed half of the roadway.

Over 12,000 residents from Point Fortin to Icacos will be cut off if the landslip worsens. Residents say heavy rains and a leaking water main have made the road conditions worse.

Already, half of the width of the road has slipped into a 30 feet precipice.

Steel sheets placed to prevent slippage have caved, along with the roadside railings and the slipper drains.

High Court judge rules parts of sedition law unconstitutional

High Court Judge Frank Seepersad has struck down elements of this country's colonial-age sedition legislation.

Delivering a 50 page judgement at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain this morning, Justice Seepersad ruled that Sections 3 and 4 of the legislation, which prescribe the offence of sedition, are unconstitutional.

Justice Seepersad ruled that the legislation is vague, uncertain and can lead to arbitrary application.