OPPOSITION Leader Dr Keith Rowley has said that Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is unfit for the post after he appeared on the campaign trail revealing confidential documents about Independent Liberal Party (ILP) deputy political leader, Anna Deonarine.
Ramlogan showed documents detailing the sale of a parcel of land for $13 million by Deonarine’s parents to CLICO, the proceeds of which were credited to Deonarine’s CLICO policy. Deonarine’s mother, Shama Deonarine, worked at CLICO at the time. The land was purchased for $225,000, the AG said.
The AG has also used police documents on the campaign trail relating to Deonarine’s purchase of an allegedly stolen Range Rover.
Speaking at a People’s National Movement (PNM) public meeting in Fyzabad on Wednesday, Rowley said Ramlogan could not be removed because of the power he held over Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
He said, “Last night (Tuesday), on a UNC (United National Congress) platform, in the presence of the Prime Minister, once again Anand Ramlogan violated his oath of office because if that was not malice that took place there last night, if that wasn’t ill will for political benefits, then you tell me what was.”
He said that as Attorney General, Ramlogan is supposed to protect the citizens of this country.
“The Attorney General is the adviser to the Cabinet. He is appointed by the Prime Minister. He’s part of the Cabinet but he holds a very sensitive job. He is duty bound to protect by way of the office he holds, the rights of every citizen in Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of your race, colour, creed or class, and more importantly regardless of the offence that you have been accused of. Leaking confidential information on a political platform was a disgrace,” Rowley said.
“Mrs Deonarine is not a political friend of mine. I am out to lick up the ILP in the next election but I am not here defending her or any right or any wrong she might have done but, as political leader of the PNM, and Opposition Leader and as a citizen, I will defend her right to fair and equal treatment in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
He said despite Ramlogan’s actions, the Prime Minister will not fire him as she is compromised.
“She can’t remove Anand Ramlogan. Anand Ramlogan could disgrace us, could humiliate us, could breach his oath of office and then she can’t do a thing about it even if she is so inclined. But the unfortunate state of affairs...she is not so inclined.”
Rowley said Tourism Minister Chandresh Sharma and Sport Minister Anil Roberts were also compromised and did not speak out against Warner during the UNC’s campaign trail for fear that Warner will reveal information about them.
Rowley said that while Ramlogan would have known about Deonarine’s transaction with CLICO since 2010, it was only raised this week because the Deonarines had left the UNC and joined the ILP.
Rowley said it was only last week that he complained to the Prime Minister about Ramlogan’s behaviour.
“The AG has something to say to the (acting) Commissioner of Police about the administration of the Police Service and he goes in a press conference and dresses down the Commissioner of Police ...unheard of anywhere in the world,” he said.