Category Archives: legal

PROFILE: AA Thorne: Guyanese politician, trade unionist, journalist and educator – By Nigel Westmaas 

AA Thorne
AA Thorne

Described as the “lean man with the jerky gait”, Alfred Athiel Thorne straddled the political and social life of Guyana for more than 60 years, in a career spanning from the late 19th to mid-20th century. Yet little is known in modern times about this titanic figure in the political and social life in colonial Guyana and his significant roles in supporting and struggling on behalf of the working class and other causes.

Contrast this with the reception accorded his contemporary, Hubert Critchlow, whose career and contributions are fairly well documented and recognized. This is surprising as Thorne arguably had an equally impactful career as his sometime rival Critchlow.        Continue reading

Former Barbados Government Minister jailed in US for laundering bribes

Donville Inniss

Donville Inniss

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A former Minister of Industry and elected member of Parliament of Barbados was sentenced today to two years in prison for his role in a scheme to launder bribe payments from a Barbadian insurance company through bank accounts in New York, according to a release from the US Department of Justice.

Donville Inniss, 55, a U.S. lawful permanent resident who resided in Tampa, Florida, and Barbados, was convicted by a federal jury on two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering on Jan. 16, 2020.        Continue reading

VIDEO: Scottish independence: could Britain break up? | The Economist

Scottish independence: could Britain break up? | The Economist – Published on April 18, 2021

The union between the nations of the United Kingdom is looking increasingly fragile, thanks to Brexit.

If Scotland were to break away from Britain it would face an uncertain future—as would the rest of the union.

GUYANA: Chief Justice dismisses APNU+AFC elections petition

April 26, 2021- Stabroek News

Chief Justice Roxanne George

Chief Justice (acting) Roxanne George today threw out a petition brought by APNU+AFC challenging the results of the March 2nd 2020 general elections.

She found that the recount order and section 22 of the election laws act did not contravene the constitution.

The petition came up on April 7th  for arguments, during which Senior Counsel John Jeremie on behalf of the petitioners advanced that Section 22 of the Election Laws Amendment Act (ELAA) by which the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) created Order 60 for the recount of votes from the March 2nd, polls was unlawful.    Continue reading

USA POLICING: There Will Be More Derek Chauvins – Adam Serwer | The Atlantic

Powerful political actors are committed to ensuring that the system of American policing remains unchanged.

Adam Serwer | The Atlantic

During his closing argument, Steve Schleicher, one of the prosecutors trying the former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, insisted that jurors could convict Chauvin without convicting policing.

“This is not an anti-police prosecution,” Schleicher told the jury. “It’s a pro-police prosecution.”

For his part, Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, told the jury that “all of the evidence shows that Mr. Chauvin thought he was following his training. He was, in fact, following his training.”                Continue reading

U.S.A. — Police are agents of suppression- so long as institutional racism exists – By Mohamed Hamaludin

U.S.A. — Police are agents of suppression and some will kill…

It was a simple question for the jury: What would happen to any one of them if he or she has an encounter with the police, is handcuffed and forced face down onto a street and a knee is pressed on the neck area for nine minutes and 29 seconds?

The answer: He or she will die.

And who is responsible for the death?

The answer: The one with the knee on the neck.            Continue reading

LETTER: The principle of fairness is less evident in the most articulate of us – By Eusi Kwayana

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In the past week or so many Guyanese have gone out of their way to express their opinions on some aspects of my years of activity in public affairs. I am grateful to them for their generosity and thank those who thought it fit to organize events around this theme, and in all cases, without my expecting them. I also thank those who declined to join the panel, or, were no longer present when called upon to speak. In particular, I am very excited about the idea of planting food trees as a practice to celebrate birthdays of those we know closely.

Today, I wish to discuss a very old-fashioned theme or principle which is less and less evident in the public expressions of the most articulate of us. It is the old but very important principle of “fairness.”      Continue reading

COVID-19: New requirements for travel to Suriname including quarantine

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The Guyana Ministry of Health here today announced new requirements for travel to Suriname.

To be allowed to board the Ferry at Moleson Creek, Corentyne to South Drain, Suriname, it said that all passengers are required to show a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test result taken within 72 hours of their scheduled time of departure to Suriname.    Continue reading

Guyana Police; Magistrates’ Court System corrupt – US State Dept. 2020 report finds…

– says widespread public perception implicates officials at all levels

 Apr 01, 2021 – Kaieteur News – The US State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Guyana has found that the ranks of the Guyana Police Force are frequently engaged in acts of corruption—a practice that also taints the country’s magistracy. (See Report at end of this news item)

The recently released report on Guyana found that the Magistrates’ courts, which deals with both criminal and civil matters, was plagued with “inefficiencies, and alleged corruption in the magistrates’ court system affected citizens’ ability to seek timely remedies in civil matters, and there was a large backlog of civil cases.”      Continue reading

USA – New York passes Recreational Marijuana bill

By Tom Bolger – Caribbean Life News – 31 March 2021

After years of debate, the New York State Legislature passed Tuesday a bill legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 and older.

Albany lawmakers hope the estimated $350 million in annual tax revenue generated from sales through licensed weed shops will help plug the hole that the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing economic turmoil blew in the state budget. The bill allows for possession of up to 3 ounces pot and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signaled that he plans to sign the bill into law.  Continue reading