Burke’s SoE lawsuit set for February 2020

Sea Lots busi­ness­man and com­mu­ni­ty leader Cedric “Burkie” Burke’s ma­li­cious pros­e­cu­tion and false im­pris­on­ment law­suit over his ar­rest and de­ten­tion dur­ing the 2011 State of Emer­gency is ex­pect­ed to go on tri­al in Feb­ru­ary next year.

The tri­al of the case was ex­pect­ed to be­gin be­fore Jus­tice Robin Mo­hammed in the Port-of-Spain High Court yes­ter­day but was resched­uled to Feb­ru­ary 5, next year.

Burke and his dri­ver Ke­own “Baine” Bayne were ar­rest­ed at the Hy­att Re­gency in Port-of-Spain on Au­gust 26, 2011.

They filed sep­a­rate law­suits against the State af­ter they were charged with be­ing a gang leader and a gang mem­ber and kept on re­mand with­out bail for sev­er­al months be­fore be­ing freed by the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) Roger Gas­pard, SC, due to in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

More than 4,000 peo­ple were sim­i­lar­ly charged and re­leased dur­ing the SoE, which was called by for­mer prime min­is­ter Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar be­tween Au­gust 21 and De­cem­ber 6, 2011.

A per­cent­age of the per­sons filed law­suits against the State, which were even­tu­al­ly set­tled.

Burke is be­ing rep­re­sent­ed by Richard Clarke-Wills and Ce­leste St Louis.

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