Sunday 15 September, 2019

Injunction granted against police promotions

An injunction which bars Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams from promoting 75 police corporals to the rank of sergeant was granted this week in the Port of Spain Assizes.

The promotion was expected to take place before the Independence Day celebrations.

However, this was prevented when a matter was brought before Justice Margaret Mohammed, by attorneys Jagdeo Singh, Dinesh Rambally, Kiel Taklalsingh, and Stefan Ramkissoon, on behalf of 12 corporals who were denied promotion, without reasoning given.

The officers are Audie Moona, Jerry London, Curt Douglas, Rene Katwaroo, Ramweshwar Gopaul, Darryl Dedier, Wrenwick Theophilus, Jimmy Marcano, Dirk John, Anslem Knott and Terrence Salandy.

Justice Mohammed heard that the 12 individuals had made previous requests for information, under the Freedom of Information Act, to provide the criteria used for compiling the lists and the scores those on it had received, in order to determine if they had been prejudiced.

While some information had been provided, other requests appeared to have been ignored.

As such, the officers filed for judicial review in July for the information to be released, in a matter which was called before Justice Joan Charles.

Despite this, the information was again not provided, and the police service moved forward with another promotion ceremony.

In addition to freezing the promotion exercise, Mohammed also gave the office of the Commissioner of Police until September 9 to comply with Charles' order on the release of the information.

She also granted them leave to pursue their judicial review claim in which they are seeking to deem Williams' actions in publishing a new merit list and ignoring Charles' orders as illegal and unlawful.


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