Monday, September 17, 2012

AG Anand to Rowley: "Do the decent thing and resign"

AG Anand Ramlogan: "He (Rowley) has failed to clarify and answer questions regarding his rationale for voting for Section 34"
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan on Sunday repeated his call for Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley to resign and accused the leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) of trying to deflect attention from the fact that he led the PNM in supporting Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act in both houses of Parliament.

Ramlogan made the point to the Express newspaper in response to Rowley's call for a march from the Red House to President's House on Tuesday to deliver a petition to the president asking him to fire Ramlogan, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Justice Minister Herbert Volney.

Ramlogan said Rowley needs to explain to the people why he supported the legislation.

"He has failed to clarify and answer questions regarding his rationale for voting for Section 34. Whether it was proclaimed by itself or as part of the entire Act in one go, the undisputable fact is accused persons with pending cases would have been able to make application and walk free," said Ramlogan.

"This would have been so whenever the law he voted for was proclaimed. He seeks to divert attention from the PNM support for this crucial limitation on criminal prosecution. I therefore call upon him to do a separate petition explaining why he supported such a measure whether he consulted the PNM membership on same," he added.

"He ought properly therefore to do the decent thing and resign as Opposition Leader on account of his unexplained flip flop. The nation is yet to hear why he passed a law that will allow accused persons to walk free without facing trial," said Ramlogan.

Ramlogan aslo dismissed Rowley's call for a new Attorney General to preside over the legal matters involving businessmen Steve Ferguson and Ishwar Galbaransingh.

"All criminal prosecutions are under the sole discretion and control of the DPP, so this call demonstrates his lack of understanding of the constitutional role and responsibility of these two offices," the AG said.

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