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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).

Judge recuses himself from hearing Duncan case

– says matter has become ‘politicized’

Justice Franklin Holder yesterday recused himself from presiding over Carvil Duncan’s challenge to his suspension from the Public Service Commission, saying that he made the decision both in the interest of justice and to distance himself from the “unfortunate machinations” resulting from his report on the “contemptuous behaviour” of Attorney General Basil Williams SC at the last hearing.

Man on trial over rape of nurse in 2008

The trial of Wesley Carlos Payne, who is accused of raping one of two nurses at the Wismar Hospital back in 2008, commenced yesterday morning before Justice Navindra Singh and a 12-member mixed jury at the High Court in Georgetown.

Court to review parking meter contract

-after judge overrules M&CC challenge to jurisdiction

The Mayor and City Council (MYCC) yesterday lost a bid to prevent the High Court from reviewing its controversial parking meter contract with Smart City Solutions (SCS) after Justice Brassington Reynolds ruled that the court does have the jurisdiction to hear the case.

Two to hang over Bartica massacre

‘Goat Man’ acquitted

Mark Royden Williams, called `Smallie,’ and Dennis Williams, called `Anaconda,’ were last night sentenced to death after being convicted on seven of the twelve counts of murder in the February 17, 2008 Bartica massacre.