The country has lost a titan.
That was Attorney General Anand Ramlogan’s tribute to his former colleague, Dana Seetahal SC this morning on learning of her murder in Woodbrook.
“She was the quintessential Trinbagonian. She had a carefree nature, was very public spirited and had a well-respected acumen,” he said.
AG Ramlogan noted that Seetahal served the country in several capacities, as a former Independent Senator, a lecturer at the Law faculty and as a defense counsel.
But she was also his personal friend.
His last conversation with her, he recalled, was yesterday evening.
“In fact, we spoke this evening as she’d called to ask if I’d read her column in the Express over the controversy over the SG’s letter. I read it and called her back to thank her,” he said.
Seetahal’s last column, “Investigate What, Exactly?” was published in the Saturday’s Express. She had criticised a letter written by former Solicitor General Elenaor Donaldson-Honeywell SC to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar because of the lack of specificity in what should be investigated.
AG Ramlogan, who has been at the centre of the controversy, observed: “She was one of the few people to step forward and be in my corner. I had even asked her if she would consider assisting the committee. And she’d agreed.”
He noted that her weekly column was one of the most educational and informative in the daily newspapers.
“She has a way of breaking down the legal issues so that the simple man can understand. Not many people realise that in writing her column she was disqualifying herself from lucrative legal briefs because of her publicly expressed views. I myself was a columnist and we’d often tease ourselves about it. We stuck our necks out,” he said.
“The legal profession has lost a giant. She had a piercing intellect, a very pragmatic approach to her work and a wonderful sense of humor,” he said.
Ramlogan recalled her pride at owning her own building in Port of Spain, where she housed her office.
“She had a big dream and she was finally able to achieve it,” he said.
He said apart from her friendship, the Ministry of the Attorney General has lost critical support for on-going work it was doing.
“Hers was an unbiased, independent voice that the nation looked to for guidance. Her murder is tragic, horrible and heart-rending. May her soul rest in peace,” he said.