SENIOR Counsel Anand Ramlogan remains the best man for the job of Attorney General in this country, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said.
Persad-Bissessar yesterday reaffirmed her confidence in Ramlogan amid calls for him to either resign or be fired from the post.
Within the past week former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has criticised the AG’s actions and former justice minister Herbert Volney has called for him to be fired for his handling of a criminal matter concerning Anna Deonarine, the deputy political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP).
On Thursday, the Express exclusively reported that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard had earlier this year cleared Deonarine of criminal wrongdoing in relation to the purchase of a luxury Range Rover vehicle that was reported stolen in the United Kingdom.
Speaking at a political meeting on Wednesday night, ILP’s interim political leader Jack Warner said Ramlogan was not fit to hold the esteemed office of Attorney General.
Warner said Ramlogan was this country’s 13th attorney general and the worst ever.
However, despite the calls for Ramlogan to be removed, Persad-Bissessar has reaffirmed her faith in him.
Asked about the renewed calls for Ramlogan to be removed as Attorney General and whether she still had confidence in him, Persad-Bissessar said:
“It is not the first time. It is not the first time and it will not be the last time. He is still my Attorney General, yes.”
Persad-Bissessar made the statements following the opening of a police post at Building 64, Duncan Street, Port of Spain.
Asked whether Ramlogan has breached his duty as Attorney General in terms of his handling of matters on the political platform, Persad-Bissessar said:
“I am not of that view. I have seen other AGs in the past on the platform campaigning for their party. It is not a breach of his obligations, it is not a breach of his duty. You remember the famous Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, he was on the platform every day campaigning, so it is nothing new. It is election season, a lot is said, a lot is done”.
Persad-Bissessar said claims for criminal conduct made on the People’s Partnership platform were all backed by documentary evidence.
“With respect to allegations of criminal conduct, I am saying there is documentary evidence that the candidates of the green party being persons with rap sheets, criminal records and so on, on charges, or already convicted, deported. We have the documentary evidence with respect to these matters,” Persad-Bissessar said.
“The allegations that are being made by members of our platform, they have solid evidence to back up the claims that they are making. From the other platforms all you are getting is half truths, lies and innuendoes. I am seeing that coming from the green platform but certainly from the Partnership the comments being made, I think mainly by two or three speakers, they rotate not every night, and those as I say they have documentary evidence on the matters they are raising,” she said.