Friday, February 23, 2018

...Tribute from High Court in Dominica


A High Court judge on Wednesday paid tribute to slain Trinidad and Tobago special prosecutor Dana Seetahal, describing her as “fearless and a meteor in the sky”. 

The Dominica High Court held a one-minute silence in memory of Seetahal, a former independent le­gislator and law lecturer, who was gunned down during the early hours of May 4 as she made her way back to her One Woodbrook Place home from a casino. 

Speaking at the opening of the 2014 May Criminal Assizes, Justice Stephenson said Seetahal’s death “is not only a loss for Trinidad and Tobago but a loss to our own Bar. She did not avail herself to only Trinidad and Tobago but to the entire Caribbean”, the judge recalled, having met the former president of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) during her university studies.

Director of Public Prosecutions Eva­lina Baptiste, who told the court she had been one of Seetahal’s students, said the news of her murder came as a shock.

“She was fearless and a sharpshooter; she was my lecturer and she served Trinidad in many capacities.

Her untimely death has rippled throughout the Caribbean and because of her work, it is a great loss for the Caribbean,” Baptiste said.

The court was reminded that the 58-year-old Seetahal had been the author of the book titled The Commonwealth Caribbean on Criminal Pro­-

­ce­dure, used widely at law schools throughout the region, and the third edition was released in July 2010, containing a new chapter on extradition.

Police in Trinidad and Tobago have made no arrests in the murder, and the authorities have offered a $2.5 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her death.

Crime Stoppers has also offered a $1 million reward for information on the murder that National Security Minister Gary Griffith has des­cribed as a hit.