Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley's 72-hour deadline to the Prime Minister to fire Attorney General Anand Ramlogan from her Cabinet expired yesterday unheeded.
In fact, Persad-Bissessar yesterday added the newest member to her team—attorney Christlyn Moore, who was sworn in at Knowsley House, Port of Spain as the Minister of Justice, replacing the fired Herbert Volney.
Contacted by the Express, Rowley said he preferred to deal with the issue at the PNM's public meeting in Five Rivers, Arouca last night.
On Sunday, Rowley called on the Prime Minister to remove Ramlogan as Attorney General, saying that Ramlogan, like Volney, was responsible for the Section 34 fiasco.
Last Thursday, the PM broke her silence on the matter and cast blame on Volney, whom she dismissed.
Persad-Bissessar had said that Volney as Justice Minister had misled the Cabinet when he confirmed that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Chief Justice were consulted on Section 34, when in fact they were not.
Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011 was proclaimed last month, giving persons accused of an indictable offence an avenue to petition the court for their freedom once the matter has lapsed ten years.
However, the Parliament moved swiftly and repealed the controversial section.
In the face of public outrage and criticisms from the Opposition, Volney was held accountable for the early proclamation.
No action was taken against Ramlogan as the Prime Minister said he (Ramlogan) was out of the country when the note on Section 34 was brought before the Cabinet.
Rowley had led a march from the Red House to President's House, where he handed a petition bearing 25,000 signatures to acting President Timothy Hamel Smith calling on the Prime Minister to explain the Section 34 fiasco and for the appointments of Volney and Ramlogan to be immediately revoked.