Escaped Pentonville prisoner posted threats on Facebook while still behind bars

first_imgJames Whitlock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is very likely that they are being assisted by others, possibly with somewhere to stay, clothing and money; in order to evade captureDCI Steve Heatley One of the inmates who escaped from Pentonville Prison this week posted on Facebook from behind bars warning his enemies that they would “meet again one day”, it has been reported.Matthew Baker, 28, who along with James Whitlock, 31, fled the Victorian-build Category B prison in London on Monday, was said to have used a phone that had been smuggled into the jail to send the messages.He also posted pictures of himself on the website, the Sun reported. Baker went on the run with James Whitlock (pictured)Credit:PA The men are understood to have been cellmates at PentonvilleCredit:Ben Stansall /AFPcenter_img On the Facebook profile – which was taken down after the newspaper flagged its existence – one message reportedly told his enemies: “I know where you live”.The poorly-spelled post read: “Let’s get one thing straight to anyone who wants to say anythink behind my back. “I know your names n where yous live n believe me we’ll meet again one day n i dont forget nothic just remember that yous know who yous are.”Baker was found guilty of attempted murder two weeks ago, having stabbed a man in Dagenham following a dispute. He had been remanded for sentencing later this week. Whitlock was on remand after being charged with conspiracy to burgle over 19 alleged ATM thefts.The men – understood to be cellmates – reportedly used diamond-tipped cutting equipment to break through bars before scaling a perimeter wall.It was claimed that their beds were stuffed with pillows to make it look like they were asleep.The incident has sparked fresh scrutiny of the state of prisons in England and Wales following a slew of warnings about safety. The Met Police said on Tuesday night that it was likely fugitives Whitlock and Baker were being offered sanctuary by friends, and that the investigation was moving “at a fast pace”, although the pair remained on the run.DCI Steve Heatley said: “We have received a positive response to our appeals and the flow of information from the public so far has been very good.”However, I would continue to encourage anyone with information about the current whereabouts of these two men to contact either the police or Crimestoppers in confidence, as soon as possible.”It is very likely that they are being assisted by others, possibly with somewhere to stay, clothing and money; in order to evade capture.”I would appeal to anyone who is helping that they are potentially committing a crime and would encourage them to contact us so that we can bring this matter to a safe and swift conclusion.” Pentonville entrancelast_img read more

Record number of terror arrests as EU warns of stayathome jihadists

first_imgTerrorism-related arrests of far-right extremists have also risen to their highest since records beganCredit:Joel Goodman/LNP National Action supporters at an anti mosque demonstration in Bolton , UK , as today, 12th December 2016 , the British Government have laid out an order in Parliament to use anti terrorism legislation to ban the Neo-Nazi group " National Action " The figure was the highest since records began in 2001 and three quarters of the arrests were for international terrorism, almost all linked to Islamist extremism.But the number of right-wing extremists arrested also rose to a record high after a neo-Nazi group called National Action in December became the first extreme Right-wing group to be banned as a terrorist organisation.The surge in far-right extremism led to a jump in the number of white people being arrested, up from 68 to 113.The Home Office released the latest figures as police and MI5 have said they are dealing with an unprecedented threat from Islamist terrorists planning attacks in the UK.The statistics were released as the European Union’s own law enforcement agency warned about the threat from home-grown “stay-at-home” jihadists. Fewer jihadists are heading to Iraq or Syria as Isil’s self-style caliphate shrinks in the face of an international air campaign backing Iraqi, Kurdish and Syrian rebel forces.As the caliphate has dwindled, jihadist propaganda has encouraged would-be terrorists to remain at home and carry out attacks on civilians. A Europol report warned: “Ongoing contact on social media between combatants in Syria/Iraq and ‘stay-at-home jihadists’ fuels the enduring potential threat posed by jihadist networks; now that leaving the country to take part in jihad has become more difficult, would-be attackers may indeed shift their focus to their countries of residence.”The Home Office figures include 12 arrests made as part of the investigation into the Westminster attack in March. All were released without charge and told they would face no further action.Since then, there have been two more deadly attacks, in Manchester and London Bridge, while counter-terror agencies have foiled five alleged plots.After the Manchester attack police and MI5 said they were dealing with an unprecedented threat and were running 500 investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any one time.There are also 20,000 former “subjects of interest” whose risk must be kept under review.A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman said: “The UK’s counter-terrorism network is currently dealing with an unprecedented level of demand. Stops made at ports and airports under counter terrorism powers fell sharply as the number of people heading to join Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) dropped, the Home Office said.center_img A4amVqYjE6kqCejZUPd3mlD0kxfy_H9R “Police forces across the country are working closely with partners to bring an increasing number of suspects before the courts under terrorism legislation, and where they cannot do that they are using criminal legislation to disrupt terrorist activity.”Officers and staff are working tirelessly to overcome this growing threat, but they need the public’s help to do so effectively.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police arrested a record number of terrorist suspects last year, as fewer would-be Islamic State group jihadists head to the Middle East and instead decide to stay at home to plot attacks.The number of arrests for terrorism-related offences in Great Britain jumped by nearly a fifth, with 304 people held in the year until the end of March.last_img read more

Bankers wife whose husband took mistress to his office party wins right

A multi-millionaire banker’s wife who found out her husband had taken his mistress to his office party has won the right to divorce him in England.Catja Thum, 47, won the race to lodge her divorce petition in England, before her financier husband, Oliver Thum, 46, did the same in Germany.And, as she was first to pull the trigger on the marriage, she can get divorced in this country – where judges are viewed as generous to ex-wives in big money cases.London’s Appeal Court heard Mrs Thum decided on divorce after she “discovered he had taken his mistress to his office party and to Rome for her 40th birthday.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––She lodged her divorce petition in London in October 2015, but he said he knew nothing about it until the document was handed to him four months later.Mr Thum lodged divorce papers in Germany the very next day – but his ex-wife said that was too late to stop her having the choice of venue.  Catja Thum, 47, outside London's Appeal Court  Catja Thum, 47, outside London’s Appeal CourtCredit:Richard Gittins/Champion News Service Ltd Co-owner of multi-million-pound private equity fund, Elvaston Capital, he argued it was unfair to make him face divorce proceedings in London.His homeopath wife’s delay in serving him with the English divorce petition amounted to an “abuse of process”, his lawyers argued. The Kensington mansion block off Gloucester Road owned by Catja Thum, and her husband, millionaire banker Oliver ThumCredit:Richard Gittins/Champion News They set up home in a £3m four-bedroom apartment off Gloucester Road, in Kensington.Mrs Thum filed for divorce on October 26 2015, two days after she heard about her husband’s office party guest, said Mr Pointer. The petition was served on Mr Thum on the evening of January 19 2016 and he lodged divorce proceedings in Germany on the following day.Mr Pocock claimed that Mrs Thum had by then travelled to Zurich and withdrawn £760,000 from the couple’s joint bank accounts.She was also alleged to have “appropriated” items from a safety deposit box, including “a 1kg gold bar belonging to her husband”.At that point, the barrister claimed, Mr Thum was “completely unaware” that his wife had petitioned to divorce him in London.But Mr Pointer denied that she had appropriated money or property she was not entitled to or that she had engaged in “tactical manoeuvring.The Appeal Court judges today upheld an earlier ruling that Mrs Thum had not been guilty of unreasonable delay in serving divorce papers on her husbandHaving lodged proceedings in London first, she was entitled to have her divorce – including the division of marital assets – dealt with by an English judge. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Christopher Pocock QC said she should at least have been obliged to tell her husband “reasonably promptly” that she had launched proceedings in London.Explaining the delay, however, Mrs Thum said she didn’t want to ramp up tension by hitting her husband with divorce papers over the Christmas period.Her barrister, Martin Pointer QC, said she had been put in two minds after Mr Thum made “intense and repeated pleas” to save the marriage.Handing victory to Mrs Thum on Thursday, Lord Justice Moylan ruled that, as she got their first, the divorce would go ahead in England.The English divorce petition was “first in time” and “took precedence” over Mr Thum’s attempt to shift the case to Germany.Lady Justice King and Lord Justice David Richards agreed that European law dictated that the divorce venue must be England.The court earlier heard the former couple were both born in Germany but moved to London in 2009, so their two sons could be educated at English schools. The Kensington mansion block off Gloucester Road owned by Catja Thum, and her husband, millionaire banker Oliver Thum read more

Parrots can make complex economic decisions to turn a profit

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The birds, macaws and African greys, were taught how to recognise the value of tokens that could be exchanged for food rewards Parrots are capable of being trained to make shrewd financial decisions, new research has found.Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology carried out tests using 33 parrots from four different species and were surprised with their “profit-maximising” ability.The birds, which included macaws and African greys, were taught how to recognise the value of tokens that could be exchanged for food rewards.They then had to make difficult decisions about whether to accept an immediate reward, or instead “invest” in tokens that guaranteed a more worthwhile return later.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––High, low and medium value rewards were on offer – namely a piece of walnut, a nugget of dry corn, or a sunflower seed. “However, in our experimental setting we have found that they are capable of making surprisingly subtle decisions to maximise their payoff while minimising their effort.”This is a fascinating indication that such decisions may matter greatly in their natural environment.”The hand-raised parrots, nine great green macaws, eight blue-throated macaws, eight blue-headed macaws, and eight African greys, performed as well as chimpanzees taking part in similar tests, said the scientists.The experiments took place at the Max-Planck Comparative Cognition Research Station in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, where the birds were housed in eight aviaries. The birds, macaws and African greys, were taught how to recognise the value of tokens that could be exchanged for food rewardsCredit:Max-Planck Comparative Cognition/PA In a series of tests, the parrots consistently rejected disappointing immediate rewards and chose the token – but only if its value corresponded to higher quality food.The results, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that the birds were capable of making “deliberate and profit-maximising decisions”, said the German scientists.Lead researcher Dr Auguste von Bayern, from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Starnberg, said: “Given that wild parrots are so difficult to track, to date we know little about the ecological challenges most parrots encounter in their habitats in the wild, such as deciding where to go and how long to stay in a given feeding site. read more

Police arrest man 27 on suspicion of murder as detectives link deaths

A day later, the bodies of the two 84-year-old men were found after officers were called to a property in Cowick Lane at 1pm on Tuesday.The second house is a mile and a half away from the first, and some houses on Cowick Lane sell for more than £1million.  Forensic police officers were seen on Wednesday at a large, detached house on the road, where one neighbour said the two men found dead were twins.Police arrested the 27-year-old man on Tuesday and he remains in police custody.Detective Chief Inspector Roy Linden, from the major crime investigation team, said: “At this time there are several and significant common factors between the two addresses.”In terms of the level of violence used we decided last night to link the investigations. Originally they were treated as two separate murder investigations. One suspect has been identified and formally arrested yesterday evening.””There were significant levels of injuries and some commonality between the two incidents, which led us to link those investigations and treat them as one single investigation at the moment,” he said.Superintendent Matt Lawler told reporters the force had  “yet to establish a clear connection between the parties involved”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Forensic officers at Bonhay Road Forensic officers at Bonhay RoadCredit:Dale Cherry “I know that everyone’s immediate thoughts will be with the family and friends of these gentlemen, and as you would expect, we are providing as much support as we can to them.”The investigation is being led by our major crime investigation team, supported by local detectives, forensic staff, family liaison officers, and an extensive range of other specialists who have been working around the clock since Monday afternoon.”Residents in the area of both Bonhay Road and Cowick Lane will continue to see police cordons today as we continue vital work. The local neighbourhood team will be out on foot over the next few days in order to provide advice, support, and to answer questions.”While a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to these incidents, we must keep an open mind and avoid speculation as we are still in the very early stages of what is already a complex investigation.”We have therefore issued an appeal for information from the public and for any potential witnesses who were in either area during specific times. It is vital that anyone who has any information shares with us it as soon as possible.” Earlier, he released a statement saying: “I know that this news will cause significant and understandable concern and is an unprecedented event in our city which has shocked us all. Police have launched a triple murder investigation after three men in their 80s were killed in similar circumstances and found within a mile and a half of one another. A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of the victims were discovered in two properties in Exeter in the space of 22 hours, Devon and Cornwall Police said.The deaths of the three men, one aged 80 and two aged 84, showed “similar injuries” and “similar levels of violence”, according to police, who said the way the bodies were “presented” led them to believe the three murders are linked. Police said the deaths were “unprecedented in the city” and admitted it had “shocked us all”. The body of an 80-year-old man was found at an address in Bonhay Road at around 3pm on Monday a house near St David’s Railway Station in Exeter – a busy road which runs north from the town centre to the station, parallel to the River Exe.While the house remains behind a police cordon, a handwritten note stuck to the front door reads: “Elderly man, 80 years of age, wants accommodation for himself and his pet cat.” He asks for any replies to be posted through his letterbox. read more

The Jockey Club enlist reality TV stars to woo new generation of

comic book The Jockey Club is trying to woo the animal loving “younger generation” to enjoy horse racing with a Marvel comic starring reality television “influencers”.In the Magnificent Racehorses, a specially designed comic released in time for the Grand National this weekend, some of Britain’s most iconic racehorses have been given the superhero treatment by Marvel artists.Social media influencers, including former Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo and Love Island’s Chris Hughes, are set to promote the comic on Instagram and Twitter as the event’s organisers attempt to bring horse racing “into popular culture”.Featuring ten hero racehorses, the 24-page comic was designed and produced by the former editor or Marvel UK, Simon Furman, and Martin Griffiths who has been a cartoon artist for Marvel since 1986.Her Majesty The Queen also appears in the comic alongside one of her prized horses, Estimate. Paul Fisher, chief executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, said the comic book will “encourage a new generation of fans” to enjoy the UK’s second biggest spectator sport.Mr Fisher said: “Working with some of the best artists to immortalise British racing’s greatest stars in comic book form will hopefully appeal to our sport’s existing fans and inspire new ones including youngsters to experience the thrill of racing themselves.“We are always looking for ways to take our sport to new audiences as well as and inspire and excite our existing fans.“Racing has worked hard over the last few years to appeal to a younger audience and this comic follows suit.”Animal rights charity PETA criticised The Jockey Club’s attempt to encourage a younger audience to enjoy the sport.Elisa Allen, PETA’s Director, said: “The Jockey Club is dreaming if it thinks it can win over young people, who are now informed about the deaths of real horses used for racing, the real meat that many horses are turned into when they don’t win, the drugs they’re given, and other goings-on.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ten star racehorses including Nijinsky, pictured with jockey Lester Piggott, have joined the likes of Spider-Man and Captain Marvel by being immortalised in their own comic bookCredit:The Jockey Club read more

Fabella the knee bone thats making a comeback – and could be a

“The fabella is a sesamoid bone, meaning it grows in the tendon of a muscle – the kneecap, for instance, is the largest sesamoid bone in the human body.“The fabella may behave like other sesamoid bones to help reduce friction within tendons, redirecting muscle forces, or, as in the case of the kneecap, increasing the mechanical force of that muscle,” Dr Berthaume added. “Or it could be doing nothing at all.”The earliest records that researchers analysed, from 1875, showed that fabellae were found in 17.9 per cent of the population. A statistical model was then created which predicted its prevalence rate.The researchers made their estimations using X-rays, medical scans and medical journals’ findings from a growing world population.People with osteoarthritis of the knee are twice as likely to have a fabella than people without osteoarthritis ­ however, it is unknown if the fabella causes osteoarthritis in the knee, and if so, how. It can also cause pain and discomfort on its own, and can get in the way of knee replacement surgery.Dr Berthaume said: “We are taught the human skeleton contains 206 bones, but our study challenges this. The fabella is a bone that has no apparent function and causes pain and discomfort to some and might require removal if it causes problems. Their results, which spanned more than 21,000 knee studies over 150 years and across 27 countries, showed that between 1918 and 2018, the rate of fabellae occurrence in humans increased more than threefold.The scientists’ analysis showed that in 1918, fabellae were present in 11% of the world population, and by 2018, they were present in 39 per cent. The analysis was published last week in the Journal of Anatomy.Dr Michael Berthaume, from Imperial’s Department of Bioengineering, and the report’s lead author, said: “We don’t know what the fabella’s function is – nobody has ever looked into it!” The fabella is found in the tissues behind the kneecap  “Perhaps the fabella will soon be known as the appendix of the skeleton.”As humans evolved from great apes and monkeys, the fabella appeared to have been lost. However researchers believe it could be making a come back as a result of healthier diets.“We found evidence of fabella resurgence across the world, and one of the few environmental changes that have affected most countries in the world is better nutrition,” Dr Berthaume.“The average human, today, is better nourished, meaning we are taller and heavier. This came with longer shinbones and larger calf muscles – changes which both put the knee under increasing pressure. This could explain why fabellae are more common now than they once were.” A bone that increases the risk of arthritis is increasingly prevalent among humans, scientists have found, as they reveal better nutrition could be to blame.The fabella, a small bone in the knee once lost to human evolution, has made a surprising resurgence over the last century.The bone, which linked to knee problems and pain, is buried in a tendon behind the knee, and was once rare in humans. It is thought of as pointless by doctors, yet those who have arthritis appear more likely to be in possession of a fabella.However researchers from Imperial College London have now found that fabellae are becoming more common in humans. The fabella is found in the tissues behind the kneecap Credit:Michael Berthaume/Imperial College London Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Hunt saboteurs use covert surveillance to secure animal cruelty convictions

Paul Oliver disposes of a dead fox at the kennels of the South Herefordshire Hunt Credit:Hunt Investigation Team/League Against Cruel Sports Paul Oliver disposes of a dead fox at the kennels of the South Herefordshire Hunt  “The barbarity of these incidents is sickening and will horrify the vast majority of the British public who are overwhelmingly opposed to fox hunting.”Deborah Marshall, HIT spokeswoman, said: “This case has taken far too long to come to court and we have faced false allegations against investigators and obstruction throughout. We are glad that justice has finally taken its course.“The capture of fox cubs to be used to train hounds is nothing new and is widespread across Britain, as is the mass destruction of healthy hounds to make way for younger ones. We will continue to expose cruelty and wildlife crime.”The Masters of Foxhounds Association suspended the South Herefordshire Hunt after the footage emerged and it has since disbanded.A spokesperson for the association said Oliver’s actions were “completely disgraceful” and had no place in hunting. They fixed a device to Oliver’s Land Rover following a tip-off and tracked him to a site where they suspected he was catching fox cubs in May 2016.They also set up cameras at the hunt’s kennels and obtained footage they said proved Oliver was catching cubs and taking them back to his hounds to “blood” them. Hunt saboteurs attached tracking devices to the vehicle of a huntsman and set up secret cameras to secure a conviction, a court has heard.Footage obtained by a group called the Hunt Investigation Team (HIT) was instrumental in the successful prosecution of Paul Oliver, master of hounds with the now disbanded South Herefordshire Hunt.Oliver, 40, was convicted of four counts of animal cruelty for allowing his hounds to kill four fox cubs and was handed a 16-week suspended jail sentence for causing their “painful, terrifying” deaths.District Judge Joanna Dickens, sitting at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, also imposed a 12-week suspended sentence on Oliver’s partner, Hannah Rose, 30, the hunt’s kennel maid.The pair, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, were ordered to pay £300 in costs and a £115 victim surcharge after being convicted of causing unnecessary suffering.HIT, a relatively new group whose members include ex-services personnel, received training in covert investigative methods. The court heard that one camera recorded Oliver dumping the bodies of two cubs in a wheelie bin.The activists are said to have taken legal advice from lawyers and animal welfare organisations who told them they could not recover the cubs as this would amount to theft.They said they did not pass the case to the police because they did not believe officers would have the resources to follow it up.HIT members, who are involved in several ongoing investigations, are so worried about reprisals that one was allowed to give evidence during the seven-day trial from behind a screen.Julie Elmore, 55, and Paul Reece, 48, admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to cubs which were distressed by being transported to the kennels.A fifth defendant, Nathan Parry, 40, also of Brynarw estate, was cleared of four animal cruelty charges after the judge accepted that he believed foxes taken to the hunt’s kennels would be relocated in the wild.Martin Sims, director of investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports and former head of the police’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, said: “We believe the incidents show that hunts are clearly still hunting as the poor fox cubs were thrown into the kennels to give the hounds a taste for blood. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Sinister plans afoot to silence Opposition using Privileges Committee – Edghill

Public Accounts Committee member Bishop Juan EdghillOutspoken Opposition Parliamentarian, Bishop Edghill, on Monday minutes after being informed by the Clerk of the National Assembly that the meeting of the Committee of Privileges for which he was summoned a week prior, had been cancelled with no explanations proffered, said that there is a deliberate attempt afoot to besmirch his credibility. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition rejects Govt’s revenge plots, attempts to muzzle its MPsNovember 23, 2016In “Politics”Request by Communities PS for suspension of PAC sittings deniedJuly 9, 2018In “latest news”Request by Communities Ministry for PAC to “suspend examination” of 2016 AG report unacceptable – EdghillJuly 3, 2018In “latest news” The summons was issued on the heels of Edghill’s damaging expose in recent weeks of massive corruption and deliberate avoidance of, the Procurement Act and its accompanying processes involving billions of taxpayers’ dollars spent by the Administration, unlawfully, in the health sector as well as blatant violations of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act in respect to spending by the Ministry of the Presidency and the Office of the Prime Minister.  In an invited comment following the close of yesterday’s meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Edghill said “this matter only seems to be arising at special times with a view of intimidating and harassing.”According to Edghill, “I feel harassed, I feel like I am not being given an adequate opportunity to clear my name as it relates to this matter.”The Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP) was hauled before the Committee after suggesting that the increases in salaries for members of the Executive would take a toll on the treasury to the tune of $1B annually.The Committee met on November 25 last where Edghill presented his arguments in defence of his position.He told media operatives at the very minimum an explanation could have been provided as to why the meeting was cancelled and questioned, “are we only going to have a meeting of the committee when all government members can be present?…if some members could not be present then there is an intention already determined.”He suggested that the government side of the Committee wants to ensure and keep command of the voting strength on that forum.“There is an intention to ensure an outcome and it must be determined by the vote and that is what is very concerning to me,” according to Edghill.He noted that if it was a case of providing answers for clarity as was indicated in the summons then a simply quorum would have sufficed. Asked about possible sanctions that could be instituted against him by the Committee, Edghill said he is unsure as to what was planned but was adamant that he could not be prevented from speaking in the National Assembly.“I sit in the National Assembly not at the pleasure of the Speaker (Dr Barton Scotland) or Government.”He told media operatives that as an elected member the only way “I can be removed is through the electorate…. I can tell you definitely the Chief Justice has ruled that nobody can stop a Member of Parliament from speaking because the right to speak is on behalf of the people who elected you there.”He was making reference to the attempted gag of then Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee—litigation that was thrown out by then Chief Justice Ian Chang.The former Junior Finance Minister declared however, “what I am concerned about is you have a Committee here is 5/4 and the Speaker is the Chairman.”Edghill said he is wary of whatever instructions that would have been handed down to the government members.  read more

GECOM Chair 3rd list to be submitted soon Jagdeo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair 3rd list: Opposition Leader shortlists 10, says 1 already declinedJuly 12, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: ‘I have the list, examining the names very critically’- PresidentAugust 31, 2017In “latest news”Diaspora urges President Granger to appoint GECOM Chair without any further delaysSeptember 21, 2017In “latest news” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said he is in the process of finalising his third list of nominees for the chairmanship of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which he hopes to submit some time next week.He is hopeful that President David Granger would select one of the names on the list when submitted.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“I had committed to submitting a third list publicly and with the President, and I believe that I should continue with that process. Clearly, we will have to discuss at some point in time the profound nature of the ruling, but I am hoping that from this third list, that someone would be chosen and then it would become a moot issue,” Jagdeo told the media on Friday.He said he has made substantive progress on his current list of names and indicated that he was yet to meet with President Granger on the list in question.“I am getting difficulties; good solid professionals, people who don’t want to be in the political domain…don’t want their names to become political football, they are very reticent about having their names go up and then in the public, people are told that they don’t meet standards of impartiality or independence or they don’t have the skills to manage what is essentially a technical job not a political job,” he said when asked about difficulties he was experiencing to get persons to agree to be on the list.President Granger has already refused two lists submitted by the Opposition Leader, but Jagdeo is hopeful that an agreement would be met.Only recently, businessman Marcel Gaskin moved to the court to seek clarity on the constitutional requirement for the appointment of a GECOM Chairman and acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled against President Granger’s interpretation of Guyana’s Constitution for the appointment of a GECOM chairman, saying that there was no preference for judicial persons.Justice George agreed with lawyers for the Leader of the Opposition, who was named in the court proceedings and the Guyana Bar Association that there was no validity to arguments that the person should be a judge, former judge or person eligible to be a judge rather than merely being any other fit and proper person, and that persons from each category are equally eligible for the post.The acting Chief Justice said the Opposition Leader could not be fettered to name persons from the first two categories and that the President should give reasons for the grounds of his refusal of nominees.In response to the ruling, President Granger said that the Chief Justice gave her interpretation of the law and he would continue following his interpretation of the Constitution.Jagdeo said that he would await the written ruling from the acting Chief Justice before he made any further pronouncement on that matter. He added that at some point it would become imperative that the President and he discuss the ruling. read more