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...He always maintained T&T residency

By Susan Mohammed

HE ALWAYS maintained a residence in Trinidad and Tobago. So said Dennis Carmona, the father of High Court Judge Anthony Carmona.

Justice Carmona was named on Monday as Government's choice to be this country's fifth President.

However, concerns were raised on Tuesday as to whether Carmona fulfils the constitutional requirement of local residency to accept the position.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said legal advice had been sought by the Government on whether the judge qualifies as President, since the candidate is required under the Constitution to have been residing in the country for the last ten years.

Contacted by telephone yesterday, Dennis Carmona said that before 2001, his son lived at Flagstaff, St James. After resigning as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Carmona took up a post on the Appeals Counsel of the International War Crimes Tribunal, from 2001 to 2004.

"He would come (to Trinidad) and go back (to the Netherlands) all the time," said Carmona's father. "He and his family would be back and forth. He always kept the residence in Flagstaff and maintained it."

Sources close to the judge yesterday disclosed that he continued paying his rent for his Flagstaff condominium when, during the three-year tenure in Netherlands, and had never severed his ties with this country.

The Express was told all of the judge's mail continued to be sent to his Flagstaff home and that his wife, Reema, had returned to the home one year before his contract ended.

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