A lawsuit over the disclosure of the Trinidad and Tobago government’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a proposed Sandals resort in Tobago has been settled, local reports have said.
The lawsuit was filed by transparency activist Afra Raymond, according to the Trinidad Guardian.
The Guardian reported that the case came up for hearing before Justice Frank Seepersad in the San Fernando High Court less than 24 hours after the documents were disclosed to the former president of the Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry on Wednesday.
The publication said that during the brief hearing, Senior Counsel Deborah Peake informed the court that all the information requested by Raymond had been provided.
The move rendered Raymond’s claim academic as he was merely seeking the disclosure of the documents.
As he entered a consent order on behalf of the parties, Seepersad ordered that the State pay Raymond’s legal costs for bringing the lawsuit, according to the Guardian.
In his claim, filed in October, Raymond was alleging that the Government was unjustified in refusing his requests under the Freedom of Information Act, earlier this year.
Permanent secretary to the Prime Minister Maurice Suite had claimed that the documents could not be disclosed as the agreement, signed with the Jamaican company in October, last year, contained a confidentiality clause.