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PM SC pleads to CCJ… But was it for her sister?

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday announced to Parliament growing confidence in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as she revealed plans to make it the final court of appeal for criminal matters. The London-based Privy Council will continue to have the final word on all civil matters. What a difference …

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PM’s nurse Newton is no cheap date

Vidwatie Newton cost taxpayers just over $860,000 to accompany her sister and Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on 11 trips across the globe, which included stops in England, Australia, India, Brazil and the United States. This cost comprised of airfare, accommodation, meals and incidentals. To add context, ex-West …

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PM blames Snoop for travel assistant

PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s use of her sister Vidwatie Newton as a travel assistant was backed by an anonymous minister who claimed a staff member—who cannot defend himself due to a confidentiality clause—snooped through the PM’s purse and cellphone on a prior trip. Another source said the money spent on Newton …

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Lady PM is high maintenance

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said her sister Vidwatie Newton’s costly trip to India was necessary to help her with “personal issues unique to a woman.” The PM didn’t give further details, which is just as well because, to further the stereotype, men can be squeamish on feminine matters. The newly …

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PM SC follows wrong precedent

Cabinet colleagues of ex-PM ANR Robinson have denied any suggestion that Robinson took his son, David, on State trips; as PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar claimed when asked to justify spending over $200,000 in State funds to taker her sister, Vidwatie Newton, on official trips. Persad-Bissessar SC, like most lawyers, is big …

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