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Police Service Commission asks High Court to throw out President’s suspension, clear way for police promotions

The Police Ssrvice Commission (PSC) has asked the High Court to find President Irfaan Ali’s suspension of that body is unconstitutional. In court papers seen by News-Talk Radio Guyana 103 1 FM/ Demerara Waves Online, the PSC wants the High Court to declare the purported suspension of the PSC dated June 16, 2021 as unconstitutional and of “no force or ...

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Special domestic violence courtrooms as Police Force says registers 20 percent conviction rate

The Guyana Police Force has been securing an average of just over 20 percent convictions for domestic violence cases in recent times, based on figures released by Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie even as he welcomed more conducive conditions at courts for victims to testify. In a rare disclosure of detailed crime statistics in recent years, Mr. Hoppie said in 2019 ...

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Chief Elections Officer asks High Court to block PPP Elections Commission from hearing dismissal motions

Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield is asking the High Court to block Elections Commissioners Sase Gunraj and Bibi Shadick from participating in hearing a motion for his immediate dismissal on the grounds that he needs a fair hearing. The pro-People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Election Commissioners have also filed motions in GECOM for the Deputy Chief Elections Officer  Roxanne Myers and ...

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Showdown as govt rejects Police Service Commission’s promotion of officers

Insisting that President Irfaan Ali’s suspension of the Police Service Commission (PSC) is unconstitutional, Retired Assistant Commissioner Paul Slowe and others on Monday announced the promotion of several officers. In a letter to the President, the lawyers for Slowe and the others, their lawyer Selwyn Pieters stated that the purported suspension was unconstitutional because the Tribunal has not been established ...

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High Court throws out officers’ challenge against Police Service Commission’s promotion refusal

Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire on Monday ruled against several officers of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) who had challenged the refusal of the Police Service Commission to promote them because they have pending disciplinary matters. “There is nothing unlawful in considering disciplinary matters in the determination of whether the applicants should be promoted. Therefore, the declarations and certiorari sought cannot ...

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Jagdeo appeals High Court decision on compensating Ferguson for defamation

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo has appealed a decision by the High Court that he has to pay opposition politician Annette Ferguson damages for defamation. “The Appeal has a real chance of success since the Appellant has a real prospect of successfully defending his claim and a reasonable explanation for his failure to timely file a defence”, and “an urgent stay ...

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Jagdeo to appeal High Court’s upholding of Ferguson’s libel judgement

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo will Thursday file an appeal against a High Court decision that he must pay damages for defaming opposition politician Annette Ferguson, his lawyer said. Attorney-at-Law Devendra Kissoon is also expected to seek a stay 0f Wednesday’s decision by Justice Sandra Kurtzious that Mr. Jagdeo was not entitled to have the case heard although he had not ...

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High Court upholds decision for Jagdeo to pay Annette Ferguson for libel but amount will be revised

High Court Judge, Sandra Kurtzious on Wednesday upheld her previous decision that Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo must pay Annette Ferguson for defamation because the Court was not convinced with the reasons for the failure by Mr. Jagdeo’s lawyer to file a defence. She, however, withdrew the GYD$20 million award and ordered that counsel for both parties make submissions on the ...

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Lowenfield, Mingo, Myers face more electoral fraud charges

Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, Deputy Chief Elections Officer Roxanne Myers and and the Region Four Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo are to be charged with two additional counts of fraud, police said. Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum two “additional charges” of conspiracy to defraud. The Crime Chief said they would be charged “based on legal ...

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Attorney General asks for stay of removal of Parliamentary Secretaries from National Assembly

Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Thursday asked for a stay of a High Court decision that the appointment of two Parliamentary Secretaries is not constitutional and that they must be removed from the National Assembly. In court papers released by him, Public Trustee and Official Receiver,  Attorney-at-Law Prithima Kissoon says there is precedent to grant a stay of the High ...

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