Friday, December 15, 2017

Ramesh: Former SG’s allegations ‘serious’

FORMER attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj yesterday called for an urgent investigation into the matters raised by former solicitor general Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell of possible breaches of professional ethics and the law in the conduct and management of litigation on behalf of the State by the Office of Attorney General. 

Maharaj said the allegations made were “serious” and it was questionable why Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar failed to take the necessary action. 

Maharaj yesterday spoke at a press conference at his law offices in San Fernando. 

On August 30, 2013, Donaldson-Honeywell wrote a letter directly to Persad-Bissessar to bring to her attention matters she felt should be addressed affecting the State’s defence in prison litigation. 

Donaldson-Honeywell, in her letter, also asked Persad-Bissessar to initiate an investigation into circumstances that may amount to breaches of professional ethics by the attorneys involved and may have the effect of perverting the course of justice in litigation against the State, and whether there has been over the period from mid-2010 a conflict of interest in certain key office-holders increasingly taking action to support the said unethical business                           for direct and/or indirect financial gain.  

Maharaj said it was the first time in the history of Trinidad and Tobago that such a complaint was made to a Prime Minister by a Solicitor General. • See Page 18