|AG welcomes criminal investigation |
Thursday, May 8 2014
ATTORNEY GENERAL (AG) Anand Ramlogan yesterday welcomed Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard’s order for the police to probe the issue of prison litigation as exemplified by the Jamal Sambury case.
Ramlogan indicated his support at a news briefing held at his Cabildo Chambers office in Port-of-Spain yesterday, and later reaffirmed his stance to Newsday.
“I welcome any probe in prison litigation from any quarter,” he told the news briefing. “I have nothing to hide and in fact it doesn’t have anything to do with me. There was no allegation made against the Attorney General, so in the interest of transparency, wherever, whenever and however, it doesn’t matter.” He said the AG’s Office welcomes any form of probe.
Newsday later called to ask if a police probe would affect his probe (as ordered by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar)?
“That would be a matter for the Honourable Prime Minister, because remember the instruction came from her,” he replied. “The Prime Minister did indicate on Monday that she was reviewing this entire matter in light of concerns raised, and I cannot preempt her to say what her thinking is on the matter. I can say from my own standpoint that I welcome any investigation from anybody, anywhere, anytime, because these matters have absolutely nothing to do with me and I have nothing to hide. “What the DPP has asked for is an investigation into the Jamal Sambury matter, cut-and-paste, and I was not involved in that matter in any way, because that matter was not in fact settled (but) it went to trial. People are missing that point and they want to say the headline is ‘AG under investigation’, but I am not under investigation. That’s not my case; I didn’t do the case.”