A High Court judge in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday declared that the appointment of Gary Griffith as acting Commissioner of Police by the Police Service Commission after his contract ended was illegal and unconstitutional.
The ruling also invalidated the appointment of Deputy Police Commissioner McDonald Jacob as Commissioner after Mr. Griffith went on leave and was suspended.
The judge's ruling means that Trinidad and Tobago will temporarily be without a Police Commissioner.
Mr. Griffith, whose three-year contract as commissioner ended on August 17, was appointed to act in the position from August 18.
However, he was suspended from duty on September 21, while on leave, pending an investigation into allegations of corruption in the granting of firearm licences.