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Integrity Commission Members Resign
« on: February 07, 2009, 09:56:19 PM »
Integrity Commission members resign
Rowley: Decent thing to do
FRANCIS JOSEPH | 9:09 PM
Published: February 5th, 2009



Keith Rowley

In the aftermath of a demoralising court defeat to former government minister Dr Keith Rowley on Tuesday, the four members of the Integrity Commission submitted their resignations to President George Maxwell Richards yesterday morning. Richards, who accepted the resignations, is now searching among qualified nationals for five new Commissioners to fill the vacancies left by sudden departure of John Martin, chairman, Justice Monica Barnes, deputy chairman, Peter Clarke, and Vindar Dean-Maharaj. The fifth Commissioner, Brian Nicholson, died last year and was never replaced.
Rowley, who called for the members of the Commission to resign, said last night that he was not surprised that they had done so. “It was the only decent thing to do; that was to be expected. A finding of misfeasance in public office is a very serious matter, especially when it comes from the Integrity Commission, a body established under the constitution to preserve a high level of integrity. They really had no choice.” “This was not the first time that the Commission has found itself in trouble. Very early into my matter, very prominent persons were calling on them to resign. It is a sad thing for this to happen. There was no pleasure in seeing that.”
Martin, Nicholson, Barnes and Clarke were appointed Commissioners on August 24, 2006, for a three-year period. Dean-Maharaj’s appointment took effect on September 1, 2006. They came into office weeks after the last meeting of the Commission (August 7, 2006), which took the decision to submit a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to have Rowley investigated over the Landate project in Tobago, without telling the then minister he was being investigated. In a statement issued yesterday, Martin said, “The members of the Integrity Commission have given consideration to the judgment of the High Court, dated 3rd February, 2009, in the proceedings commenced by Dr Keith Rowley.
“The members of the Commission accept and recognise that the Commission acted wrongly by failing to give Dr Rowley a full opportunity to be heard. While we consider that the Commission acted in good faith, we recognise that the Commission must respect the court’s decision. In the circumstances, all of the members of the Commission have decided to resign. “We have met today with his Excellency, the President, and have informed him of our decision. My fellow Commissioners and I wish to express our deep regret and sincere apologies to his Excellency, the President, to Dr Keith Rowley, and to the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” Martin added. On Tuesday, Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee, presiding in the Port-of-Spain High Court, awarded Rowley more than $100,000 in damages, interest and costs against the Integrity Commission, which pursued the controversial Landate project in Tobago.
The judge ruled that the Commission acted in bad faith in relation to Rowley, and was guilty of the tort of misfeasance in public office. She also found on the facts that there was an unfair abuse of power on the part of the commission in leading Rowley and his wife, Sharon, to believe that the investigations in relation to Landate were ongoing and that Mrs Rowley had a continuing obligation to provide information to the Commission. After the court judgment, Rowley called on members of the Commission to demit office. On Wednesday, members of the Commission met in an emergency meeting and decided to tender their resignations to the President, just six months short of the completion of their term. This is the first time that an entire independent commission has resigned in the aftermath of controversy.

Members who resigned:

John C Martin, Chairman
Martin is a Chartered Accountant with over 36 years experience. He is currently director of Allied Hotels Limited, Furness Trinidad Limited, Trinidad Building & Loan Association and Furness Anchorage General Insurance Limited. He has also served as President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Justice Monica Barnes
Barnes is a retired Supreme Court Judge. She was Chairman of the Tax Appeal Board and before that, Chief Parliamentary Counsel. She has been a member of several key Commissions including the Law Reform Commission and the Caricom Company Law Task Force.

Peter Clarke
Clarke is a Financial Consultant. He is a director of a number of companies, including the General Building and Loan Association, Allied Hotels Limited and the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, a member of the UWI Development and Endowment Fund and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain Finance Council.

Vindar Dean-Maharaj
Dean-Maharaj is a Chartered Accountant. He is a full-time member of the Tax Appeal Board.

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Re: Integrity Commission Members Resign
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009, 10:23:34 PM »
Excellent news
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Re: Integrity Commission Members Resign
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 11:32:37 PM »
FINALLY
Lawsuit forces President's hand; tells judge he's appointing new Integrity Commission on Monday


Richard Charan Editor South Bureau

Friday, March 12th 2010


Eleven months after the debacle that saw the mass resignation of the newly-appointed Integrity Commission (IC) members, President Max Richards is ready to swear in his new picks.

Word of the swearing-in ceremony came not from a dispatch from President’s House, but in a letter to a judge about to deliver a ruling in a case in which the State was sued over the President’s failure to appoint a new commission.

The letter, dated yesterday, came from the Attorney General’s Chief State Solicitor’s Department and addressed to Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh.

President Richards had been delayed by difficulties in finding a fifth commissioner-a chartered accountant.

Yesterday’s letter stated in part, ’We have been informed by President’s House that His Excellency has identified a full slate of appointees to the Integrity Commission and has scheduled a swearing-in ceremony for Monday 15 March.’

The IC has not functioned since February 2009, when members resigned in the face of a High Court ruling that found them guilty of acting in bad faith and of misfeasance in public office, in their treatment of a complaint made against former Government Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

But within ten days of the President’s new choices taking office in May, all resigned.

Richards said last month that he was having difficulty finding a fifth member, and that 15 persons invited to serve on the commission had turned down the offer. Two people who have reportedly agreed to serve are economist Eric St Cyr and Independent Senator Parvatee Anmolsingh-Mahabir.

Justice Boodoosingh last month heard arguments from attorney Anand Ramlogan, attorney in a case brought by the Indo-Trinbago Equality Council (ITEC). The judge was told that the continuing non-appointment of a commission created a window of opportunity for corruption, dishonesty and abuse of power. The suit also stated ’there is no IC to receive the annual declarations of income, assets and liabilities and statement of registerable interests from persons in public life. This loophole can be easily exploited by corrupt persons in public life to the detriment of the people of Trinidad and Tobago’.

The absence of an IC, the suit states, meant that ’no action can be taken on any complaints and these individuals will be allowed to continue to function even if they were guilty of misconduct or wrong doing. The public outrage and outcry over this sad state of affairs has been intense and great’.


The State countered that a deadline should not be imposed on the President because the selection of commission members was a matter for his discretion.

The constitutional motion was filed against the Attorney General last October by ITEC’s Devant Maharaj, the chief executive officer of Radio Jaagriti and executive member of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS). The suit was linked to another judgment in which the radio station had for years been denied a radio licence by the Manning administration, until the Privy Council ruled that the State pay compensation of $3 million. The Maha Sabha field a discrimination complaint, related to the broadcast licence denial, with the IC four years ago.

The latest court action alleged that all the IC needed to do now was decide whether to refer the evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Re: Integrity Commission Members Resign
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010, 11:00:00 AM »
the wheels of justice is so damn time consuming and expensive!!!!

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Re: Integrity Commission Members Resign
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 11:37:50 AM »
the wheels of justice is so damn time consuming and expensive!!!!

and square..in TnT.

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Re: Integrity Commission Members Resign
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010, 05:22:37 AM »

New Integrity Commission to be appointed

Sunday 14th March, 2010

 After ten months without an Integrity Commission, President George Maxwell Richards will appoint a five member team on Monday.

 C News understands that former Independent Senator, Eric St. Cyr, has been selected to lead the Commission..Read the rest..http://ctntworld.com/LocalArticles.aspx?id=19006


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Re: Integrity Commission Members Resign
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2010, 07:15:15 AM »
Babol is KING

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Re: Integrity Commission Members Resign
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2010, 02:10:33 PM »
T&T Chamber to Udecott board: Account to public The T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TTCIC) is calling on the board of the Urban Development Corporation of T&T Ltd (Udecott) to account to the public about how it managed the affairs of the State enterprise. In a statement issued yesterday, the chamber said, “In the interest of transparency and accountability, the rest of the Udecott board must give an account of its stewardship, in the context of proper governance and the responsiblity for public funds entrusted to it, in order to dispel further doubts and concerns and regain public trust and confidence.” The TTCIC said it believed the Udecott board should justify how it conducted Udecott’s affairs..Read the rest..http://guardian.co.tt/business/business/2010/03/18/tt-chamber-udecott-board-account-public

 

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