Charges against the former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago of knowingly making false declarations as to his financial affairs had been brought within the five-year time limit under the Integrity in Public Life Act (Trinidad and Tobago) 1987. Although his convictions had been quashed for apparent bias by the chief magistrate, he had not been entitled to a stay of further proceedings.
ABUSE OF POWER
The respondent was not entitled to compensation under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 s.133 or the secretary of state’s ex gratia scheme on the basis that there had been a miscarriage of justice because although his conviction had been reversed that was not because of any failure in the trial process.
The actual or constructive seizure by the police of cars allegedly stolen in Japan and imported by the claimant into the United Kingdom was capable of giving rise to a claim in damages for misfeasance in public office, but not for unlawful interference with contractual relations. * Application for leave to appeal to the House of Lords pending.
There was no principle of law that excluded the action for misfeasance in public office purely because the consequence was personal injury or death rather than loss of or damage to property, and regardless of the identifiability of the victim(s). * Application for leave to appeal to the House of Lords pending.