The fishing boats said to be carrying the children leaving Ceros bound for Venezuela.

THE Ministry of National Security has been ordered to have a group of Venezuelan women and children who were deported on Sunday to be returned to Trinidad and Tobago.

The order was made late last night by Justice Avason Qunilan-Williams at the end of an emergency virtual hearing brought by local attorneys representing the migrants.

The judge ordered that the 19 women and children be brought back into the country in time for a follow-up hearing that is scheduled to begin at 1.30 p.m., today.

On Sunday morning the refugees were placed on two civilian vessels and escorted out of Trinidad and Tobago waters by Coast Guard. However, they did not return to Venezuela but remained out at sea with the hope of being allowed to return.

They had all entered the country illegally and were deported in spite of legal proceedings being filed at the High Court to have them remain in the country.

They are being represented by attorneys Nafeesa Mohammed and Jerome Riley.


Faced with persistent insin­uations from Opposition Mem­bers in Parliament yesterday that he got a Pfizer jab from the 80 vials sent from the US, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley went on the offensive and suggested that Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar had contracted Covid-19 at some stage. 

THE State’s flagship energy company, the National Gas Company (NGC), registered an after-tax loss of $2.1 billion for its 2020 financial year, which ended on December 31, 2020. 

The public is again being advised to be careful about using herbal remedies to treat Covid-19, as it can cause more harm than good in certain instances. 

The Gambling (Gaming and Betting) Control Bill, 2021 was passed in the House of Representatives yesterday.

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