AG: No quote from DPP in ‘Express’ article
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) can only make a decision based on the police file, and that file must have all the critical pieces of the puzzle.
Ramlogan referred to a front page story in the Express, which stated that the DPP had cleared Independent Liberal Party deputy Political Leader Anna Deonarine of criminal wrongdoing in the purchase of a luxury Range Rover that was reported stolen in the United Kingdowm.
Speaking at a People’s Partnership meeting at Gasparillo Junction, Ramlogan said: “There is an article on the front page of the Express. Notice nowhere in the article is the DPP quoted but they say the DPP clear her.”
The Attorney General said: “You (Deonarine) told the police you not giving a statement, the police cannot get a statement from the man who sell you the vehicle, cause he is an international car thief and they can’t find him nowhere. This is Nadeem Baksh. The police go to the Licensing Office. The documents are all false (there), the police can’t take a statement from anybody in Licensing to explain how this item slipped through the system and get registered to drive. They then go to customs... the documents false, so the police file in this matter that Mr Alleyne has produced, have no statement from the person they find driving the tief car, Ms Anna Deonarine, no statement from the man who sell she the tief car,...they have no statement from the Licensing Office....and they have no statement from the Customs Department...It is on that basis those statements would have comprised the factual matrix that would locate any reasonable decision that the DPP would have made. The DPP can only decide whether to lay charges based on the police file.”