Saturday 21 July, 2018

Breaking: Chief Justice breaks silence on allegations against him

The Chief Justice has broken his silence one day after the Council of the Law Association urged him to respond to the allegations levelled against him.

The Association had described his silence as nothing short of reckless.

It has been reported that the Chief Justice attempted to advise Supreme Court Judges to change their state-provided security in favour of a private security company that employs his close friend Dillian Johnson, as a consultant. 

It has also been alleged that Johnson, a convicted felon was listed as one of 12 people who successfully obtained HDC houses after the Chief Justice personally called senior HDC officials to fast-track the applications.

However, in a statement today, CJ Ivor Archie denied the allegations.

He said specialised units of the Trinidad and Tobago Protective Services and the Judiciary Security Unit are the only entities responsible for assessing and implementing arrangements for the personal security of Judges and Magistrates.

Archie said it is therefore false and irresponsible, to suggest that at any Judges’ meeting, the Chief or any other Judge discussed the retention of any private security firm for the purpose of providing the said personal security.

Responding to the allegations relating to state housing, he noted that in 2015 he forwarded the names of some needy and deserving persons to the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) for consideration as might be appropriate.

He added that at no time did he recommend Dillian Johnson for HDC housing.

The Chief Justice said it is patently untrue and appears to be purposeful mischief making to suggestive otherwise.

CJ Archie added that more recently there has been discussion in the public domain about an attack on Johnson, who has been described as his close friend.

He said he expects the relevant authorities will urgently conduct a necessary and thorough investigation into the incident.

Johnson, was shot at his home on December 13.

The attack came after he spoke out about his relationship with the Chief Justice.

He has said he was fearful for his life.

Johnson, in a statement yesterday said he is aware of at least two high profile people who wants him dead.