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Guyana: Judge orders jailing of Finance Minister if US$2M Dipcon award isn’t paid

Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry yesterday ruled that Finance Minister Winston Jordan is to be jailed for 21 days if he fails to comply with a previously issued court order to pay Trinidad construction company Dipcon the more than US$2 million owed to it by the government for road construction works.

Justice Sewnarine-Beharry noted that in her ruling she had considered the 2015 judgment of Justice Rishi Persaud, who after a trial awarded US$2,228,400 to Dipcon, and an order of mandamus subsequently issued by the Chief Justice that the sum be paid.

The judge said she observed that no stay had been granted on the previous court orders and she also reminded that an appeal does not operate the same as a stay.

She said it had even been submitted by counsel for Jordan, the respondent, that Parliament had approved finances so that the judgment could be honoured.

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