Caribbean court dismisses contempt charges

Caribbean court dismisses contempt charges
Published: 30 March 2010

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that the oral claim for a finding of contempt against Guyana was not properly raised in the case of Trinidad Cement Limited and its subsidiary TGI versus the government of Guyana.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senior Counsel Charles Ramson told reporters on Wednesday that Guyana had complied with the ruling in August last year to reinstate the Common External Tariff (CET) on cement sourced from extra-regional sources.

The Trinidad- based cement producer had moved to the CCJ against the Guyana Government and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) secretariat for importing cement from outside the region and removes the CET.

But Guyana has been arguing ever since that the move was one of national interest since TCL was unable to meet the local demand for the construction commodity and coupled with that was the increase in the price for the TCL cement.