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Trinidad court to hear former premier Basdeo Panday's case

The court will decide whether Panday can resume duties as an MP.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2007 15:10 IST

Trinidad & Tobago's high court is expected to hear a petition from parliament on Monday to decide whether the country's former Indian-origin prime minister Basdeo Panday can resume duties as an MP.

Panday, the leader of the country's United National Congress (UNC), was sentenced to two years in jail, fined $60,000 and ordered to pay $1.6 million last year by a court after he was found guilty of failing to declare his Natwest Bank account in London to the Integrity Commission for the years 1997, 1998, and 1999.

After the conviction last year, the Couva North seat, which was represented by Panday, was declared vacant.

But in a major turn of events last month, an appeals court quashed Panday's conviction and the 73-year-old politician attended the parliamentary proceedings March 21, creating a constitutional crisis in the country.

First Published: Apr 02, 2007 15:03 IST