Rowley: KPBSC ’fraid probe of ARSC
By STACY MOORE Saturday, May 3 2014
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Good boy: Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has a word with eight-year-old Isaiah Wilson at San Fernando City Corporation, San Fernando on Thursday ni...
PEOPLE’S NATIONAL MOVEMENT (PNM) political leader Dr Keith Rowley is questioning whether Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is fearful of an independent investigation into matters arising from concerns about prison litigation.
The concerns were raised by former Solicitor General Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell and have been twice referred for review by the Prime Minister to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan. Rowley, addressing supporters at a PNM meeting at the San Fernando City Corporation, San Fernando on Thursday night, said there was a tag team in the Government. He named them “KPBSC, ARSC” referring to Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC (senior counsel) and Anand Ramlogan SC.
This team, he said, continues to misinform the public.
“Why is KPBSC so afraid of an investigation ? Why?” Rowley questioned. Rowley said he believed what an investigation would uncover would “put an end to all of them”.
“If it turns out that the conflict exists then that would be the end of the Attorney General in public office,” Rowley said.
On August 30, 2013, Donaldson-Honeywell wrote the Prime Minister asking her to investigate the circumstances of the State’s defence in prison litigation that may amount to unethical conduct. The Prime Minister sent the matter to the Attorney General who, according to Donaldson-Honeywell in an statement earlier this week, gave an assurance it would be looked into. In response to Donaldson-Honeywell and calls for a probe by the Prison Officers Association, Persad-Bissessar on Wednesday again mandated the AG to revisit the allegations and meet with a team which consists of acting Solicitor General Carol Hernandez, Commissioner of Prisons Conrad Barrow, Inspector of Prisons Daniel Khan and Chief State Solicitor Christophe Grant. Rowley however told supporters that it was not feasible for the Attorney General to investigate the claims as he was going to investigate one of his own attorneys.
The PNM political leader said because Ramlogan is “ARSC he must be allowed to pretend to investigate and allow it to go under the carpet”. He said the PNM will not stand for corruption. “In this situation someone saw that if you make claims and the claims are upheld then payments have to be made to claimants and these claims have to be done by lawyers. And once you get settlement without proper defence then you have a business,” Rowley said.
He said a business venture appears to be operating in the Office of the Attorney General. “Whether he is personally involved or not he is not the person to investigate that,” Rowley said. He further reiterated the need for the Prime Minister to launch an independent investigation.