President Anthony Carmona has reappointed retired judge, Justice Sebastian Ventour to the Integrity Commission (IC), as a member and Deputy Chairman. Ventour will be sworn in at 11 a.m today today, at the Office of the President, Circular Road, St Ann’s.
On February 4, Ventour resigned as a member of the Integrity Commission and a day later was sworn in as a temporary judge of the High Court in order to hand down three judgements.
One of the judgments Ventour handed down was the more than ten-year-old case between Mora Ven Holdings Ltd, Mora Oil Ventures Ltd and George Nicholas versus Krishna Persad & Associates Ltd and Krishna Persad.
Following the expiration of the term of office of four of the five members of the Integrity Commission last year, President Anthony Carmona appointed Ventour, Seunarine Jokhoo, Deonarine Jaggernauth and Dr Shelly-Anne Lalchan to fill the vacancies.
On July 1 last year, Ventour was appointed a member of the Integrity Commission and named its deputy chairman.
He had retired as a High Court judge in 2012 after 14 years on the bench.Ventour, however, had three judgments outstanding.
According to Section 4(5) of the Integrity in Public Life Act Chap 22:01, “A person shall not be qualified to hold office as a member of the (Integrity) Commission where he is a person in public life or a person exercising a public function.”