Friday, February 23, 2018

No settlement yet between Jack, Faaiq

A SETTLEMENT is yet to be agreed upon by leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner and Chaguanas Borough councillor Faaiq Mohammed after Warner accepted liability in a defamation claim filed against him by Mohammed.

Earlier this month, one of Warner’s attorneys, Om Lalla, informed High Court Judge Vashiest Kokaram at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain that his client had decided to settle the matter out of court.

This resulted in Kokaram adjourning the matter to yesterday, when attorneys were to inform the court at the settlement that had been arrived at.

However, when the matter was called, attorney Dereck Balliram, who is also representing Warner, informed the judge that an agreement had not as yet been arrived at.

The judge granted additional time to both parties to agree on a settlement. Should they fail to do so by July 1, when the matter again comes up for hearing, Kokaram said he will make a ruling on what the settlement should be.

The claim against Warner was filed in November after Mohammed complained Warner made certain defamatory statements against him after he voted for the United National Congress (UNC) candidate for the post of presiding officer at the first meeting of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.

In addition to financial compensation, Mohammed was also seeking an injunction to prevent Warner from making any further allegations against him.

Representing Mohammed were Senior Counsel Avory Sinanan, Kelvin Ramkissoon and Nizam Saladeen.

—Rickie Ramdass