AG – Sedition Act ruling will be appealed


    The Attorney General has vowed to go all the way to the Privy Council in its challenge of this morning’s Sedition Act ruling.

    Justice Frank Seepersad ruled that Sections 3 and 4 of the Act are unconstitutional, as they impose disproportionate and unjustified restrictions on a citizen’s free speech, expression and thought.

    It was delivered in relation to a claim filed by the late Sat Maharaj and Central Broadcasting Services Ltd, in relation to comments made about Tobago during a TV programme last year.

    AG Faris Al Rawi says the State will act swiftly in its challenge, since the implications of this ruling are wide-ranging.

    Today’s ruling also put the brakes on another high profile sedition case – a preliminary enquiry against PSA President Watson Duke, who was charged with sedition for comments made during a protest outside TSTT in 2018.