FFOS heads to Privy Council as Appeal Court dismisses Cumuto highway appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by the group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS), on the construction of the highway from Cumuto to Sangre Grande.

FFOS appealed for leave for judicial review for the grant of a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) for the construction of the 5000-metre highway along the southern boundary of The Aripo Savannas.

The group maintains that this is an environmentally sensitive area.

FFOS says it is disappointed by today's ruling but is determined to explore all legal means of recourse. 

Dillon: Reports that I've been indicted/convicted are totally untrue

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon is seeking to correct what he says are libelous claims be made about him, with regards to a civil matter in the United States.

Minister Dillon insists he has done nothing wrong, nor is he a party to the proceedings in the court.

He says claims that he has been indicted and/or convicted of a criminal offence, are not true.

The following is a statement issued by the Ministry of National Security today:

Quadruple-murder accused appears in court

The accused in the quadruple murder which occurred at La Brea, on Tuesday 13th March, 2018, appeared before a Point Fortin Magistrate’s Court today to answer to the charges.

Rodger Mattison, is charged with the killing of Michael Scott, Abigail Jones, her daughter, Olivia Trotman and Olivia’s friend, Michaela Mason, whose bodies were found in an apartment building at Khanhai Settlement, Sobo Trace, La Brea.

Jones, 41, Trotman, 16 and Mason, 14, all of Sobo Trace, La Brea, were discovered with their throats slit, while Scott, 70, died from a blow to the head.

Minister: Evidence will exonerate me

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon has addressed a court matter in which he is involved in the United States.

The Minister told the media that he believes the evidence will lead to a full exoneration.

This clip is from a news conference he addressed on Friday.


UNC calls on PM to take action against Dillon

The United National Congress (UNC) is calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to take action against National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, following reports that he is before the US Supreme Court in a civil matter involving allegations of financial abuse.

The UNC issued the following statement today.

"The United National Congress is disturbed by allegations of fraud and misconduct levelled against yet another member of the Keith Rowley administration.

Woman in court on $100,000 fraud charges

A Rousillac woman has appeared before a San Fernando Magistrate, charged with obtaining services valued at $100,000, by virtue of a dishonoured cheque.

Indera Rangoo Solomon, 31, of Mon Desir Road, Rousillac, appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Ann Antoine in the San Fernando 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday 21st March, 2018, to answer to the charge.

The matter was postponed to Friday 20th July, 2018, and transferred to the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court.

AG close to taking sabbatical case to court

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, who was instructed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to get an interpretation on whether judges are entitled to sabbatical leaves, said yesterday that the matter may soon go before the court.

Last Thursday, Al-Rawi was instructed to take relevant steps to clarify whether there exists any such leave for members of the judiciary after Chief Justice Ivor Archie had applied for sabbatical leave before changing it to vacation leave after controversy stirred over whether he in fact qualified to take sabbatical.