A&V Oil & Gas Ltd CEO Haniff Nazim Baksh and his son-in-law Sgt Billy Ramsundar will be filing submissions for abuse of process against the State.
Senior Counsel Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj made the disclosure when the men appeared in the Siparia Magistrates' Court charged with assault and malicious damage offences arising out of an alleged attack against Guardian Media Ltd senior photographer Kristian De Silva.
An abuse of process may be defined as misuse or perversion of regularly issued legal process for ulterior reasons. If the court does not rule in favour of dismissing the case, the defence said it will file for judicial review.
These charges against Baksh and Ramsundar arose out of a September 2017 incident outside A&V Oil and Gas Ltd along Nazim Avenue, San Francique. Last July, they were thrown out by senior magistrate Margaret Alert. Alert had acceeded to the defence's request for a dismissal of the case for a lack of prosecution.
At the time of the incident, De Silva was covering the A&V "Fake Oil" scandal. Weeks later, Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard ordered that the charges be relaid.
Today's matter was heard by Senior Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally in the Siparia First Court. The case will next be heard on October 3.
- Kevon Felmine