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Volney knocks new Justice Minister

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

FIRED justice minister Herbert Volney yesterday criticised the work of newly appointed Justice Minister Christlyn Moore.

Volney said the Justice Ministry was "slipping away" and Moore was the one responsible.

Volney made the statement while attending a Christmas hamper distribution function at the Roystonia Community Centre, Couva.

Volney and other Members of Parliament came to the function to collect hampers to distribute to needy families.

The function was attended by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Volney arrived late and sat at the back of the community centre, but was acknowledged twice by Persad-Bissessar.

She said to him "We are very happy to have you here with us this evening."

Later in her speech, she said "MP Volney always reminds me, he is a very good Catholic and MP Volney will want me to say, if there is one time in the year we can come together as a people, it is at Christmas time".

Persad-Bissessar fired Volney on September 20, for his role in engineering Cabinet's approval for the President to proclaim Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011. The proclamation, allowed several criminal defendants to petition the court to dismiss their cases since more than ten years had elapsed since the commission of the offence, without a trial being held.

The Act has since been repealed.

After the function, Persad-Bissessar and Volney met and spoke.

Minutes later, Volney later told the media "The Prime Minister is always warm to me, warm to everyone and we have always maintained a warm relationship. I have never been reconciled with the Government. I accept what was done. I have moved on".

However, Volney said "I miss being the Minister of Justice, more than as a member of the Cabinet, because I realise that what happened was that the Ministry of Justice seems to be slipping away, and it is very sad for me because I helped to build it, and I have seen nothing coming out of that ministry, when it should have been on a roll at this time".

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