Passing through: Independent Liberal Party interim political leader Jack Warner waves to onlookers during his motorcade yesterday on High Street, Siparia. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD
Jack in court at lawsuit hearing
Nikita Braxton-Benjamin email@example.com
JACK WARNER yesterday appeared before the High Court after being ordered by a judge back in April to be present for the hearing of the $1.2 million lawsuit brought against him.
Warner arrived at the San Fernando Supreme Court at 9 a.m.
At the last hearing five months ago, Warner was a no-show, causing Justice Frank Seepersad to query his absence. Attorney Derrick Balliram, who appeared on Warner’s behalf, apologised, but Seepersad said his court appearance should take precedence and ordered that Warner be in court the next time the matter was called.
Warner, a former special adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) and chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), is being sued by his former personal assistant, Imamuddin Baksh, who is claiming Warner failed to pay a $1,262,413 debt.
It is alleged Warner instructed Baksh, managing director of Graphix Advantage Ltd, to supply signs for the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, hosted in Trinidad and Tobago.
Baksh alleged there was a promise to pay with funds from the LOC.
He claimed delivery notes for the signs were signed by authorised servants or agents of the TTFF and Warner. The invoices, it is claimed, totalled $1,360,968.
On November 10 of that year, Baksh said he was paid $98,555—the amount claimed on one invoice for 59 banners. The sum was paid by a cheque drawn on an account in the name of LOC South Africa 2010 Ltd, court documents state.
Baksh filed legal action against Warner and TTFF in October 2012.
Yesterday, Seepersad was told the LOC is yet to be served with documents to have it appear as part of the proceedings.
Leave has been granted by the court, as the result of an application by Baksh, for the LOC to be included in the matter.
Baksh was yesterday represented by attorney Sastri Maharaj, who appeared on behalf of senior counsel Hendrickson Seunath. Balliram appeared alongside attorney Om Lalla on Warner’s behalf.
Both Warner and the TTFF have responded in signed affidavits, denying the claims made by Baksh.
Seepersad adjourned the matter to October 30 for LOC to be served.
As Warner left the court, several people across the street, outside the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court, called out to him. He shouted “Keep the faith.”