Express Editorial : Daily

As a prosecutor, lawyer, politician and, now judge, Gillian Lucky has built a reputation as a forceful and forthright public personality. She has dared to venture into areas few of her peers would even consider and has rarely hesitated to express her views, albeit within the bounds of her profession.

For these reasons, Justice Lucky’s silence on the explosive audio recording purportedly of her discussing matters involving the Chief Justice and a felon is astonishing. The issue involved is no trifling matter and, if authentic, the recording could have very serious repercussions for Justice Lucky, the Chief Justice, the judiciary and the country.

It has been almost 48 hours since the recording was posted on Facebook on the anti-government page “From Mason Hall to Hell”. Despite repeated attempts to reach Justice Lucky for comment, this newspaper has been unable to establish contact with her. One would assume that if the recording was a technological fabrication she would have been eager to denounce it as such given its staggering implications.

If the recording is authentic, serious questions immediately arise about the veracity of the statement issued by the Judiciary on Justice Lucky’s behalf on January 10, 2018 in which she denied a Sunday Express investigative report that the CJ had asked her to do favours for his friend, the late convicted felon Kern Romero. That statement had said Justice Lucky met Romero as a client while in private practice and that her dealings with him were protected by professional privilege.

This position is completely at odds with the contents of the audio recording in which a voice similar to Justice Lucky’s says, among other things, that CJ Archie on several occasions asked her to give money to Romero and to assist him with legal advice. The voice goes on to describe a close relationship between Chief Justice Archie and Romero.

The account in the recording is frankly astounding. If the voice does indeed belong to Justice Lucky then, not only does it put the veracity of the Judiciary’s statement of January 2018 into question, but the entire premise of the legal advice on which the Prime Minister has refused to trigger Section 137 of the Constitution and investigate the Chief Justice stands to be nullified. For, if the voice is that of Justice Lucky then she should be in a position to corroborate the allegation that CJ Archie was involved in compromising dealings with Romero and others.

If the recording is authentic then serious questions have to be asked about the Judiciary’s statement of January 2018 which denied the Sunday Express report. Who wrote that statement and with what intent?

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has similarly denied another Sunday Express story in which journalist Denyse Renne reported seeing WhatsApp messages from the CJ to Dr Rowley seeking his help in procuring State housing, a matter in which his friends were involved. Dr Rowley has denied this. The possibility that one denial may be a lie inevitably throws doubt on the other.

Given all of this, surely Justice Lucky knows that silence is not an option for her.


Public confidence in any government is not helped when the family of a senior government minister is the beneficiary of State contacts. In the case of Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, contracts to his relatives run to over $20 million a year for the rental of property, according to an exclusive Sunday Express report. Put in context, this works out to 8.5 per cent of the State’s annual bill for the rental of private property.

I wish to thank the endorsers of the statement on the “Education of Children of African Origin” articles that appeared in this paper recently. The statement rightly raised several issues of inequality in access to quality education in T&T, by black children (among others).

Every employee in Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of if they work in the public or private sector, is entitled by law to certain rights.

I have been working with the United Nations on Violence against the Women/Gender-Based Violence for the past ten years in Africa, the Arab world, and Eastern Europe. And in Trinidad and Tobago we have had one of those recent uproars over the killing of women and the search for causes. And the primary cause stares us in the face.

The state of existence as a tribalist is when one is living with a distinctive characteristic so as to be identified with a particular identifiable distinctive group. This status quo surfaces to facilitate the tribal member who is excessively loyal to his own group. 

LISTENING to President Paula-Mae Weekes’s address on the reopening of the Red House, even the most sceptical among us could not help but be impressed, indeed be moved, by her departure on the role she was expected to play and the sentiments she was expected to express as head of officialdom, to be a spokesperson for the people on the ground pointing to their “hurt” and the inability of the leadership to address this hurt.