Monday 22nd March, 2004

 

Coudray matter starts today

 
 
 
 
 
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Marlene Coudray, wife of former Labour Minister Larry Achong, is expected to appear in the San Fernando High Court today for the start of her judicial review matter, in which she is challenging her transfer to the Point Fortin Borough Corporation.

Achong is expected to accompany her to the hearing, which is due to start at 9 am.

Coudray is the chief Executive Officer of the San Fernando City Corporation.

President of the Public Services Association Jennifer Baptiste and several other top PSA officials are expected to attend the hearing to support Coudray.

Coudray’s lawyer, Anand Ramlogan, filed for judicial review on January 6 and was granted leave to challenge Coudray’s transfer.

The transfer order was made by the Statutory Authorities Service Commission and was to be effective from January 14.

However, Justice Carlton Best granted an injunction preventing the transfer until the determination of the judicial hearing.

Coudray is contending that the transfer was politically motivated and orchestrated by Prime Minister Patrick Manning.

Journalist Andy Johnson and Baptiste have both sworn affidavits for Coudray.

Since Achong’s resignation as Labour Minister two Fridays ago, there have been rumours that her court action had a part to play in his decision.

However, Coudray has denied this on several occasions, saying her husband would have resigned a long time ago if that were the case.

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