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Warner loses extradition appeal

Former Government Minister Jack Warner has lost his appeal over the dismissal of his lawsuit challenging the United States (US) extradition request for him.

Three Judges of the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of Justice James Aboud to dismiss his judicial review lawsuit in September, 2017.

Their decision does not mean that Warner's extradition proceedings will finally commence before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle as the judges granted a stay pending the filing of Warner's appeal to the Privy Council.

SRP charged after alleged robbery

A Special Reserve Police officer has been charged for misbehaviour in public office after robbing his victim of $1,600.

According to police, on November 18, 2017 Kevin Figaro was at Troy City Restaurant and Lounge at St. Croix Road, Princes Town, when he allegedly robbed someone of the cash.

The Professional Standards Bureau conducted an investigation under the leadership of Assistant Commissioner of Police Ag Totaram Dookhie and included Sgt Andell Rollocks, Cpl Lawrence Jofield, Cpl Rabindranath Maharaj, PC Ian Mitchell.

Attorney: Need for return of night court

The long wait spanning as much as 10 years and more for trials involving remanded prisoners charged with various offences including murder, has prompted a call by criminal attorney Mario Merritt for an urgent revamp of the judicial system.

Mer­ritt is one of the lead attorneys in a recent murder trial that saw to the acquittal of three men who were charged with murder after the state's witness admitted to fabricating his evidence.

Mother and son charged with murder

A mother and son have appeared before a Scarborough Magistrate after both were jointly charged with the murder of Angkell Thomas.

Shelly-Ann ‘Empress’ Douglas, 46, and her 20-year-old son, Rodelle ‘Skeedo’ Douglas, both of Signal Hill, Tobago, stood before Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno, at the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday, to answer to the charge.

Around 6 pm on Tuesday 21st August, 2018, 25-year-old Thomas of Bethel, Tobago, got into an altercation with a group of persons along Lambeau Signal Hill Road, Lambeau, during which he was stabbed.

Former president of Criminal Bar Association dies

The legal fraternity is in mourning as former president of the Criminal Bar Association Chaitram Sinanan died, following a brief illness.

Relatives said he went to work on Monday and complained of feeling unwell.

He was taken to the Couva Health Centre and then transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital where he later died.

In a statement, the Assembly of Southern Lawyers said, “It is with sorrow that we must inform you that Chaitram Sinanan departed this life today 4th June, 2019. The Assembly of Southern Lawyers extends condolences to the family.”

Judge stays indictment of trio

A de­ci­sion by Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) Roger Gas­pard, SC, to con­tin­ue to pros­e­cute a triple mur­der case af­ter the State’s main wit­ness ad­mit­ted to fab­ri­cat­ing ev­i­dence has led to three men be­ing freed.

Af­ter spend­ing al­most a decade on re­mand, Chris Durham, Ian Sandy and De­on Cal­liste walked out of the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, as free men on Mon­day af­ter High Court Judge Ava­son Quin­lan-Williams up­held their nov­el ju­di­cial re­view law­suit over Gas­pard’s han­dling of their case.

Man on trial for killing brothers claims he was set up

A man ac­cused of mur­der­ing and bury­ing two Ce­dros broth­ers 14 years ago is claim­ing that he on­ly signed in­ter­view notes which he claimed were fab­ri­cat­ed by the po­lice be­cause he thought he was go­ing to be al­lowed to go home.

This came out in the tri­al yes­ter­day as In­sp Pe­ter Ramdeen who had in­ter­viewed Ka­reem Guade­loupe, was cross-ex­am­ined by de­fence at­tor­ney Lar­ry Williams in the San Fer­nan­do Sec­ond Crim­i­nal As­sizes.

Six appointed as Industrial Court members

Six new mem­bers have been ap­point­ed to the In­dus­tri­al Court.

The new mem­bers re­cent­ly re­ceived their in­stru­ments of ap­point­ment from the Pres­i­dent of the In­dus­tri­al Court Deb­o­rah Thomas-Fe­lix who wel­comed them to the court.

They were al­so greet­ed by the chair­man of the Es­sen­tial Ser­vices Di­vi­sion Lawrence

Achong who was reap­point­ed as chair­man and the court’s ex­ec­u­tive.

El Culon jailed for five years on arms charges

A Venezue­lan nick­named El Cu­lon has been sent to prison for five years.

He was jailed af­ter plead­ing guilty to three charges in the Point Fortin Mag­is­trate' Court on Tues­day.

El Cu­lon, whose re­al name is Dar­win Gar­cia Gi­bori, 26, was ar­rest­ed with sev­en oth­er Venezue­lans as well as Trinida­di­an fish­er­man in Point Fortin two weeks ago for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

Archie challenges Marcia’s questions

Chief Jus­tice Ivor Archie is chal­leng­ing the Court of Ap­peal’s de­ci­sion to al­low for­mer chief mag­is­trate Mar­cia Ay­ers-Cae­sar to cross-ex­am­ine him in her on­go­ing case over be­ing pres­sured to re­sign due to her con­tro­ver­sial ju­di­cial ap­point­ment in 2017.

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