Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jack gives kudos to AG

ATTORNEY GENERAL Anand Ramlogan deserved his silk and possibly the nation's highest award, National Security Minister Jack Warner said yesterday, as he congratulated Ramlogan on winning an arbitration against British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) Systems.

Warner was among those rushing to support his Cabinet colleague, following an announcement last week by Ramlogan that Trinidad and Tobago had been awarded $1.382 billion, after two years of negotiations over the 2010 cancellation of an order for three offshore patrol vessels from the UK company.

The Opposition and then-ruling party, the People's National Movement (PNM), has since criticised the Attorney General, and PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley dismissed Ramlogan as being "lucky" in securing a favourable judgment.

"I wish to extend my congratulations to you for our victory over one of the world's largest military defence companies," Warner said yesterday in his public statement to Ramlogan.

"With this victory, you have indelibly etched your name into the annals of legal history, for no other attorney general who served our celebrated twin-island republic has ever been as successful as you have proven to be.

"Many raised questions about the conferral of the title silk on you, my Attorney General, but this victory deserves more than the title silk, it deserves the highest awards which can be conferred upon any citizen of our country."

Warner said Ramlogan has now "forged a place into the hearts of every patriotic citizen" and demonstrated this country need not fear any "global giants".

The National Security Minister said calls by Rowley for Ramlogan's resignation, during the ongoing scandal surrounding Section 34, has been made a mockery of by this latest victory. "It makes a mockery of David Abdulah's call for you (Ramlogan) to go," Warner said, referring to a similar demand from the Movement for Social Justice leader.

"It brings into disrepute the many who were fooled into marching against you, my friend, because now the national and international communities will celebrate you as the best Attorney General Trinidad and Tobago has ever had."

Warner was referring to anti-government marches earlier this month and in September, led by the PNM and joined by various civic and political groups.

Warner also congratulated Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for selecting Ramlogan as Attorney General.