Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Buggery laws on trial*


High drama it wasn't.

The Jason Jones challenge to the 1986 Sexual Offences Act – T&T's so-called buggery laws – went to court on Tuesday before Justice Devindra Rampersad, 11 months after its launch.

There was zero emotionalism on either side.

Jones argues that the law breaches his right to respect for his private life, freedom of expression, equality before the law, and his right to liberty and security – but we did not hear much of this in court.

For the other side, Fyard Hosein SC representing the State, steered clear of the biblical, religious and “moral” issues; he said this is a secular state. We heard no fulminations or threats of hell fire.

 

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