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CCJ affirms acquittals of Lusignan massacre accused

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) yesterday affirmed the acquittals of James Anthony Hyles and Mark Royden Williams, who in 2013 were found not guilty by a jury of the 2008 murders of 11 persons—including five children who were shot and killed during what has become known as the Lusignan massacre.

CCJ hears arguments in third term case

In a more than six-hour long hearing before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), attorneys for the state yesterday argued that amendments to effect the presidential term limit were done in accordance with the Constitution, even as those representing the challenger maintained that a referendum was required and that the two-term restriction is unlawful.

[Video] NBS makes $59M payout to Arjoon after levy attempt

-managers, security arrested over lock-in of customers, police during standoff

Finally honouring a court decision, the New Building Society (NBS) yesterday afternoon wrote a $59,033,000 cheque to former manager Maurice Arjoon for pension owed, after his lawyers attempted to levy on the assets of the bank, which then locked the doors of its Avenue of the Republic headquarters with customers and others inside.

MP has no right to challenge appointment of Gecom chairman, Barbadian QCs retained by state argue

Contesting the challenge to President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of retired judge James Patterson as Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) Chairman, the state’s lawyers yesterday called for the entire application filed by PPP/C Member of Parliament Zulfikar Mustapha to be struck out, while arguing that he had no capacity to bring the action in the first place and therefore should not be heard.

UG unions still insisting 2017 pay hike is interim

-Haynes points to ongoing infrastructure woes, criticises VC’s `high-handed’ style

Though they have accepted pay hikes of 8% and 6%, retroactive to January 1, 2017 the unions representing the University of Guyana (UG), are still dissatisfied with this offer by the administration, and believe that the amounts could have been higher.

State to pay Dipcon US$2.2m

-after losing bid at CCJ to challenge judgment

The Government of Guyana will have to pay the US$2.2 million awarded to Trinidad road construction company Dipcon in 2015, after losing its bid to appeal the judgment before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).