...Ramesh hits AG’s remarks on Anna
Susan Mohammed firstname.lastname@example.org
FORMER attorney general Ramesh Maharaj has criticised Attorney General Anand Ramlogan for making public statements against deputy political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), Anna Deonarine, regarding a police investigation into a stolen vehicle she bought.
Maharaj said that disclosure of material relative to the case was “professionally improper” and it was “unbecoming of an attorney general” to make adverse comments against Deonarine regarding the case.
Maharaj made the statements at a press conference at his law chambers in San Fernando yesterday.
“The Attorney General has misused and abused his office of Attorney General. The Attorney General in commenting publicly adversely against Anna Deonarine in respect of this sale transaction, which is the subject of ongoing police investigations, is likely to prejudice the fair trial of any future criminal proceedings which arise in this matter. This is a contempt of court,” said Maharaj.
“The Attorney General ought to know that it is highly improper for him to have done that and also to permit his Cabinet colleagues on the political platform to make adverse comments against Anna Deonarine on the facts which are the subject of police investigations.”
Maharaj said Ramlogan knew of the case since 2011 but did not draw the matter to the attention of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard based on suspicion of a criminal offence.
Maharaj said the AG also did not respond to Deonarine’s letters to him that he was of the opinion that she committed a criminal offence.
However, two years later, Ramlogan chose to publicise information on the case on the political platform “in the heat of the political campaign”, said Maharaj.
“He must have also known that there were hundreds of other victims like Anna Deonarine of the stolen foreign vehicles racket. He, however, did nothing about it. He did not take any steps to reform the legal regulatory system to have checks and balances and to put systems in place to protect citizens who are victims of local and foreign fraud in the purchase of foreign-used vehicles,” said Maharaj.
“I call upon the Attorney General to behave as an Attorney General, to be the guardian of the public interest, to stop making these public comments and to advise his Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues that it is against the public interest for them to make public statements which are similar to the ones he has made in respect of this matter,” he added.