More questions than answers
T&T Youth Council on Section 34 fiasco:
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's firing of former justice minister Herbert Volney has generated more questions than answers, says the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Council (TTYC).
In a release to the press, the TYC stated that the Prime Minister's move to fire Volney was inadequate and it had expected stronger action to be taken.
"The removal of former justice minister Herbert Volney can only be described as an inadequate response for this most critical issue and the TTYC would have wanted to see much stronger action taken and others to be held accountable for this attempted perversion of justice and transparency," stated the TTYC.
"The Section 34 controversy has created a potential legal maelstrom for our judiciary to have to resolve, if only to prevent the perversion of natural justice and to bolster our declining stock of transparency and integrity," the group added.
According to the Youth Council, the controversy is not one of simply "moving on" or even a "ten-day wonder" but one that warrants a thorough investigation where systems must be put in place to prevent a recurrence of such an issue in the future.
The TTYC stated that it would like to see an inclusion of while collar crime added to the schedule of indictable offences under the legislation.
"The TTYC hopes that the 26 applications for dismissal that were filed under the short life of Section 34, which are now pending before the High Courts, can effectively be dealt with where the best interest of the legal and judicial stability of our country as well as our international relations preserved," stated the release.