Let justice take its course

Newsday Editorial
June 03, 2010 – newsday.co.tt

Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve FergusonWe must assume that Attorney General Anand Ramlogan’s demurral in the face of questions regarding persons slated for extradition to the United States was based upon caution alone—he having not seen the relevant correspondence in the matter.

The cases of Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson, both wanted for trial in the United States on corruption charges stemming from the Piarco Airport construction contracts, have dragged on interminably through the local courts. Alleged co-conspirators, Messrs Birk and Hillman, both United States citizens, have had their respective cases completed in America, where they pleaded guilty and are now serving their sentences.
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Don’t send us to US: Ish, Steve beg AG
By Renuka Singh, Tuesday, June 1st 2010
TWO local businessmen, described as financiers of the United National Congress, have appealed to new Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, to block their extradition to the United States, and allow them to face their trial in Trinidad and Tobago.

9 thoughts on “Let justice take its course”

  1. if these men are accused of commiting International crimes then why can’t Trinidad charge them?

  2. If Mr. Ramlogan has one iota of sense, he will refuse to hear their petition, and call the US Marshall Servie to get them. For many many years people have suspected that TnT justice was for sale to the hghest bidders. men who hired murderers walk free, while the murderer who confessed after he was sentenced, as to who paid him, stays in jail. However a group of alleged contract killers who killed a US army veteran involved in a child custody dispute was promptly sent to trial by the previous government. The group included a soldier of our defense force.

    America is a government of laws, not men and women. The rich can buy better lawyers, but justice prevails. This is why the US courts could fine BP and other corporate giants millions of dollars for carelessness, endangering people’s safety etc. justice fears no individual, not Ken Lay and his crooks at Enron, not John Stanford, not Ish and steve. Save our treasurt. Put them on plane. The US will get back for us, the money they stole.
    If you conspire with an American to break the law anywhere, when it comes to corruption, you have broken the laws of the USA. We want our money back!

  3. Soime members of old PNM gOvernment which include certain ministers and a chairman of the pnm party have stole money from the people of Trinidad & Tobago but they were not extridited back to Trinidad and no money was recovered. I think the two people in question should not be extredited to the US as the American’s are not the nation of true justice as soo many think when many blacks and latinos and Mexicans are held in jails because of there skin or colour or unequal justice. The PNM Ministers that steal lots of money from the treasury for years no one have recovered a cent from any foreign Government.

  4. Back when O’Halloran built his O’Halloran Towers in Toronto, the Govt of TnT sued and recovered quite a bit of money. They may not have pursued the housing development in Malta because of fear of being called “racial”. That was in the past. I salute Mr.Manning for the fact than when Dhansook the Crook went to him with stories about two of his ministers, and bribery,(And Dhansook, now of the UNC_COP_TOP unity party admirtted to bribing to get contracts in the oil industry) Manning promptly turned it over to the authorities for investigation and trial. That is man. So,Mahibir, get you facts. As a matter of fact the Malta connection has one of your names.( I used to walk around at cocktail parties with a drink of water and bitters, and listen to talk. My mind is a trap.Also good at observing. According to Chalkdust, I in town too long.

  5. Not me and Ish and Steve
    ATTORNEY GENERAL Anand Ramlogan yesterday said he would not intervene to stop the extradition of former UNC financiers Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson to face trial in the United States, as he answered questions at yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair.

    Anand says no to Ish, Ferguson
    Attorney General Anand Ramlogan stated yesterday that he planned to write the attorney for United National Congress (UNC) financiers Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson, turning down the request for him to intervene to block their extradition to the United States and to allow them to face a trial in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Ish and Steve’s last hope – the Privy Council
    After former UNC financiers Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson were publicly refused an intervention yesterday by the Attorney General, they now look to the Judicial Committee of the London Privy Council as their very last hope.

  6. Step gently, Anand
    In his time as a columnist with this newspaper, attorney Anand Ramlogan was a voice of even-handed calm, even when he championed his causes and concerns passionately. As the new Attorney General, Ramlogan will have to be even more careful to balance his thoughts and words now that he has been elevated from popular legal defender of the downtrodden to representing the noblest interests of the law on behalf of the Government. It was reassuring, then, to note that the new AG took the clearest line of law and protocol in declining any representations made to his office to intervene in the matter of Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson’s extradition order, which is now before the Privy Council. This was the correct decision to make and a clear no-brainer for a legal mind of Ramlogan’s quality.

  7. I havent seen any publications on the cases as it has been an on going matter in the courts with very little info being public as for the media coverage, but as it may be, the charges against Mr Galbaransingh, Mr Ferguson should be tried in Trinidad and not the USA as the so called crime was commited in Trinidad, The evidence that is available as well as witness and sworn testomony should be printed in the NewsPapers (local) for the public, to view. ( My personal view this is a waste of taxpyers money as the previous government dont have evidence to take the case to trial, its been almost a decade and more since the case started and its been draging through the judicial system with continuance after continuance with little and no publication of the matter as to how far the prosecution reach in the matter)

  8. Ish and Steve lose constitutional motion
    The constitutional motion filed by businessmen, Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson, challenging the legality of the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act 1985, was yesterday dismissed by a High Court judge.

    …Over to the AG
    Attorney General Anand Ramlogan now has to decide whether United National Congress financiers Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson should be extradited to Florida to face charges of money laundering. The businessmen yesterday came one step closer to being extradited, having lost a constitutional motion challenging the legality of an extradition request from the United States.

    …Legal eyes on Ramlogan

    …Ish, Steve closer to US trial

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