FORMER Energy Minister Eric Williams will have to wait until next Friday to know if he would go on trial for corruption and misbehaviour in public office, or if the matter will be thrown out.
The proceedings hit a snag yesterday morning after a representative from the licensing office failed to show up. The defence led by Desmond Allum SC had summoned both the Head of the Immigration Department and the Transport Commissioner to verify documents but only a representative sent from immigration attended court.
Officer Lucienne Matthews stood in the witness box for about ten minutes to verify documents relating to the case. However when the defence called for the witness from the licensing department there was only silence.
According to the defence, a summons was sent to the Transport Commissioner’s office. Magistrate Lucina Cardenas- Ragoonanan sitting in the Port-of -Spain Fourth Magistrates’ Court was forced to stand down the matter as her clerk made enquiries on behalf of the defence.
When the matter resumed a short while later, defence attorney Allum attempted to have a document from the licensing department tendered into evidence. However, State prosecutor George Busby strongly protested arguing that under the Sections 37 and 22 of the Evidence and Admissions Act, documentation of that nature cannot be tendered into evidence, unless the Transport Commissioner or someone appointed by him, takes the stand.
Isnt that the oman magistrate who husband or she ha big contact wid the PNM.
Watch how this focker will get off eh.
Anybody taking bets?