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.

CCJ postpones final orders in Guyana election case

The Caribbean Court of Jus­tice (CCJ) has post­poned its rul­ing on the fi­nal or­ders re­lat­ed to its de­ci­sion to up­hold the pas­sage of a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion by Guyana's Na­tion­al As­sem­bly in De­cem­ber, last year.

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Guyana's Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion were ex­pect­ed to present to their views on what should tran­spire based on last week's judge­ment at the CCJ's head­quar­ters at Hen­ry Street in Port-of-Spain, on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

St Helena man jailed for cocaine possession

A 43-year-old St Helena man has been sentenced to two years with hard labour for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

David Neeranjan was found guilty on Monday after a year-long trial before Magistrate Darmanie at the Tunapuna Magistrates' Court.

The drugs had an estimated street value of $500,000.

Taxi driver gets $300,000 bail on detonators charge

A 'PH' driver, who was charged for possession of four detonators, has been granted bail of $300,000 for the Clerk of the Peace approval by a Tunapuna magistrate.

Jervon Gilkes, 27, who is originally from Maloney, on Friday morning appeared before first court magistrate Adrian Dharmanie. 

He was not called upon to plead.

Gilkes was charged by PC Valmiki Lalsingh of the Northern Division Special Investigations Unit.

The court heard that on June 14 Gilkes was arrested at his home at National Avenue in Mount Hope during an intelligence-led operation.