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TRINIDAD | Former ambassador sues Prime Minister

Featured Former Trinidad Ambassador, Eden Charles Former Trinidad Ambassador, Eden Charles
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul. 12, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Is facing a lawsuit over the termination of one of his ambassadors.
Eden Charles

On Tuesday, a high court judge – Justice Frank Seepersad  granted  Eden Charles leave to file for judicial review challenging his termination on the grounds that it was illegal.

Charles was terminated following a Cabinet decision last year and in January he petitioned the court and seeking judicial review.

In his lawsuit filed in January, Charles  argued that the decision of the Prime Minister to revoke his appointment was illegal, made in bad faith and was contrary to fundamental human rights provided for under the Constitution.

He contended that he was not provided equality of treatment and that he had a legitimate expectation to maintain his rank and position as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary upon returning to Trinidad and Tobago and the decision of Rowley to revoke his appointment was a deprivation of his legitimate expectation that he would have retained his position.

Charles was appointed as Trinidad and Tobago’s  Deputy Permanent representative to the United Nations in 2012 by then President George Maxwell Richards, on the advise of then Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar
Charles said at the end of 2015, he was asked by the acting permanent secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry to submit his resume which he did although this was not the norm.

He said that on September 20, 2016, he received an instrument of revocation of his appointment.

The former ambassador is seeking among other things – a ruling that the process used to terminate him is illegal and unfair and was made in bad faith.

He is also seeking to have the High Court declare that the Cabinet decision was null and void and of no legal effect and that it was contrary to his fundamental human rights.

Based on the arguments, Charles wants  the court to quash the decision and issue an order to have him reappointed to the position.

The matter has been adjourned to December 4.

Last modified onWednesday, 12 July 2017 19:34
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