Monday, January 22, 2018

...Rowley: PM had no choice but to stop charade

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had no alternative but to discontinue the “charade she had mandated of himself investigating himself”, in which the Attorney General was in charge of holding consultations with a view to examining the issue of prison litigation.

This was stated last night by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, who added: “In the face of the DPP’s position, that is now funct­us.”

Rowley said what should become very clear to the population is the posture of two senior counsel—the Prime Minister and the Attorney General—who sought to handle the matter politically “by burying it away from the public gaze”.

Noting the Attorney General had stated he had investigated the issue and found no wrongdoing, Rowley called for the removal of the Attorney General.

He said the “prima facie fin­ding” of the DPP put into question the Attorney General’s ability to adjudicate in the interest of the public.

Stating the Prime Minister could no longer defend the Attorney General, Rowley said he wanted the Prime Minister to remember the statement she made to the nation recently when the last two ministers were removed from the Cabinet within days of each other.

Rowley, however, stated given the fact the police probe into the importation of foreign currency and emailgate had not yet been concluded, he could only hope the police would be more successful in this investigation.