'Unfortunate": Israel Khan
Khan: Unwise move
for Govt minister
Jack 'within rights' at campsite, but...
The decision taken by Minister of National Security Jack Warner to be on the scene when members of the armed forces demolished the campsite of protesting residents of the Highway Re-Route Movement in Debe on Wednesday morning has been described as "unfortunate" by Senior Counsel Israel Khan.
Responding to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan's comments that Warner was well within his rights to be present during the demolition of the campsite, Khan, on Thursday, told the Express, "Well, Mr Warner might have had a legal right to be there, but it is unfortunate he was there as a minister of Government. It was not prudent, especially as the minister of National Security, to be on the scene while the police was doing what they had to do."
Khan said as long as Warner was not directing any operation and instructing the police to arrest anybody, he is within his rights to be there.
"But you don't exercise your rights on all occasions. It might be sagacious and wise in a situation like that one," he said.
SC Seenath Jairam also said although Warner may have been within his right, he would not have gone that way if he were in Warner's shoes.
"Mr Warner is a person I like. He is a man of action. He is working for the people of Trinidad and Tobago, but if I were in his position, I would not have done what he has done. The AG has a point, but as a minister, I would not have gone to do it myself," he said.