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Rowley: No Impeachment Proceedings for CJ

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PORT-OF-SPAIN – CHIEF Justice Ivor Archie will not face any impeachment proceedings over allegations of misconduct that have been made against him.

In response to a question at the post cabinet press conference at the Diplomatic Centre in Port-of-Spain on Thursday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said he will not exercise his discretionary power under Section 137 of the Constitution to initiate impeachment proceedings against the CJ.

Row­ley said he re­ceived le­gal ad­vice on the rec­om­men­da­tion made by the Law As­so­ci­a­tion. This after the association had appointed a special committee to look into the issue following calls for impeachment of the CJ.

The committee had concluded that there was suf­fi­cient ba­sis for the Prime Minister to re­fer the mat­ter to the Pres­i­dent and that the ques­tion of re­mov­ing the Chief Jus­tice ought to be in­ves­ti­gat­ed.

On Thursday Rowley said, “The Law Association sent me a request that I do certain things. I told you that I would take legal advice.

“The le­gal ad­vice I have in­di­cates that I don’t need to or I should not ac­qui­esce to the Law As­so­ci­a­tion’s ad­vice, so we move on.”

The controversy stemmed from a series of newspaper articles that accused Archie of attempting to persuade his judges to change their State-provided security to a private company in which his friend and convicted fraudster Dillian Johnson worked.

 

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