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PM, Faris summoned to court as Gary seeks to block firearms audit from Parliament


by Roberto Codallo (Trinidad Guardian) Members of the National Security Council, including its chair Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, have been summoned to appear before a High Court Judge next month, as he considers an injunction application from former police commissioner Gary Griffith seeking to block them from laying the executive summary of an audit into the T&T Police Service (TTPS) Firearms Department in Parliament.

High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad issued the order summoning the members of the council to court yesterday morning, as he granted Griffith leave to pursue his judicial review lawsuit against them and the members of the audit committee, including three retired police officers.

The Cabinet members of the council listed in the lawsuit are Dr. Rowley, Faris Al-Rawi, Fitzgerald Hinds, Colm Imbert, Stuart Young and Marvin Gonzales.

Griffith, who served as police commissioner between 2018 and last year, detailed the reasons for the injunction in an affidavit attached to his judicial review application.

In the document, obtained by Guardian Media, Griffith noted that when his term was due to end, he was initially selected by the Police Service Commission (PSC) to act in the position until they completed the recruitment process for the position he reapplied for. He noted that a high-level government official, subsequently revealed to be Dr Rowley based on his own admission, convinced former PolSC chairman Bliss Seepersad to withdraw the merit list for the acting appointment that was delivered to President Paula-Mae Weekes.

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