September 26, 2023

Trinidad chief justice now faces leaked photos amid law association investigation

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — On Monday, photos taken in a hotel room, of a man with a close resemblance to Trinidad and Tobago’s Chief Justice Ivor Archie and his “close personal friend” Dillian Johnson, emerged in local and social media, while the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT), which set up a committee to investigate allegations against Archie, said it will be writing to him on the matter.

In one of the photos published by the Trinidad Guardian, Johnson appeared to be the one taking the photo while the other person dressed in a white t-shirt seemed unaware that a photo was being taken.

In another photo, Johnson is seen wearing an official ID badge, reading “Hon Chief Justice Archie IVOR Trinidad & Tobago”.

Johnson told CNC3 news that he leaked the photos because the police were not treating his report of an attempt on his life seriously.

Ellen Lewis, head of corporate communications of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), told CNC3 that the allegations made by Johnson are being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

Meanwhile, according to unconfirmed reports on social media, Johnson has fled to Britain and is asking for political asylum. He claims that the chief justice is trying to kill him.

The LATT has retained two senior counsel, Eamon Harrison Courtenay, a former attorney general of Belize, and Francis Alexis, president of the Grenada Bar Association, to consider if there are grounds to refer alleged misconduct by Archie to the prime minister for his consideration of removal under section 137 of the Constitution.

In an ironic twist, a criminal complaint was filed with the TTPS against Alexis in October last year by Dominican attorney Cabral Douglas, alleging that Alexis improperly accepted money to finance the publication of his book, channeled through the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), from the Canadian Department of Foreign affairs and Trade, which was earmarked for the Caribbean Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening Project, better known as the JURIST project.

Dillian Johnson pictured wearing an official ID badge, reading
“Hon Chief Justice Archie IVOR Trinidad & Tobago”
Dillian Johnson (front)
Chief Justice Ivor Archie

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EDITOR’s NOTE: Ivor Archie was formerly Solicitor General of the Cayman Islands

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