Trinidad : Prime Minister accused of spying on judges

Posted on Wednesday 10 May 2006

Port of Spain, 10 May. 06 [AlterPresse] --- Prime Minister Patrick Manning has been accused of spying on judges in an attempt to control the judiciary.
In fact, Manning is being accused of not only focusing his personal “spying machine” on judges but lawyers as well, former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj says.
Refusing to disclose his source but not backing down from his accusations, Maharaj made the disclosure yesterday at a meeting of East Port-of-Spain residents at Duncan Street.
“A lot of pressure is being put on judges,” Maharaj claimed.
“As a matter of fact, the Prime (...)

Trinidad - Drug : Wanted Trini held at London’s Heathrow Airport

Posted on Tuesday 9 May 2006

Port of Spain, 9 May 06 [AlterPresse] --- A suspected drug lord, who fled the country after was wrongly freed by Justice Herbert Volney, has been arrested in London.
Rick Anthony Gomes was held on Friday at London’s Heathrow Airport and was yesterday taken to the Bow Street Magistrate’s Court in Middlesex, England, where he was informed that the Trinidad and Tobago Government wanted him extradited to this country to face drug trafficking charges.
Gomes and Venezuelan Luis Blanco Gomez were in 1998 charged with possession of 17 packets of cocaine, weighing 25.5 kilos, for the purpose of (...)

Caribbean nations ponder PetroCaribe implementation

Posted on Tuesday 9 May 2006

AlterPresse, 9 May 2006
As the government of St Lucia announces that it may have no other choice than to raise the price of fuel again, people across the Caribbean region are wondering how and when they will enjoy the benefits of participation in Venezuela’s PetroCaribe programme.
Most Caribbean countries have signed up to the PetroCaribe programme, through which Venezuela’s state oil company sells fuel on preferential terms, but the details of the implementation of the deal have yet to be agreed.
One of the main issues is how small Caribbean states can store the Venezuelan oil. As (...)

Trinidad : Jail can’t cope with serious illness...Panday granted bail

Posted on Sunday 30 April 2006

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, 30 avr. 06 [AlterPresse] --- UNC chairman Basdeo Panday was Friday (April 28) granted bail in the sum of $300,000. UNC CEO Dr Tim Gopeesingh and his wife Kamini stood as joint surety for the bail.
The ruling was handed down by Justice Anthony Carmona, presiding before a packed Port-of-Spain Sixth Criminal Court.
Reserving his written ruling for next week, he cited Panday’s health as the reason for his decision to release the incarcerated former prime minister.
Carmona said the applicants’ third ground for appeal, the severity of the sentence, was the (...)

Time to Support Haiti

Posted on Tuesday 25 April 2006

By Michael Deibert
Op-Ed submitted to AlterPresse - 23rd April 2006
On 14th May, if everything goes according to plan, Haiti will inaugurate René Garcia Prèval as its new president. Shortly thereafter, the country will install new senators and deputies for its upper and lower houses of parliament. Mr. Prèval, who served as Haiti’s president from 1996 until 2001, will take over the leadership of a country courtesy of a ballot supervised by the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and replace an unelected interim government that has overseen convulsing violence and (...)

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