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‘It’s a charade’

By Clint Chan Tack Wednesday, May 21 2014

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Keith Rowley last night said he was not surprised by former Justice Minister Herbert Volney’s apology to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and his declaration that Ramlogan had no responsibility for the Section 34 fiasco.

Commenting on statements which Volney and Ramlogan made on this issue at a news conference at the Ministry of the Attorney General in Port-of-Spain earlier in the day, Rowley said, “I am not surprised by this development. It is survival time now.”

Volney yesterday said he had no interest in returning to active politics but felt Government could benefit from his legal expertise to improve the criminal justice system.

“Once again, the elements of this country take the people of this country for fools, “Rowley declared.

“Volney’s latest charade is nauseating and to think that this is happening in the Office of the Attorney General. It is very disturbing to think that this man was on the bench as a judge in the High Court of this country,” he said.

Recalling that Volney retired from the bench just before the May 2010 general elections, became a UNC candidate and later St Joseph MP until his seat was declared vacant last year, Rowley said, “This is further confirmation that one of the main benefits of the 2010 general elections is that the bench was relieved of the likes of Mr Volney.”

With respect to Ramlogan, Rowley quipped, “The less said the better. I would have preferred if he had carried out his private resurrection rites outside of the public building where he continues to reside in the face of loud public clamour for his removal (from office).”

Yesterday, marked exactly one year that Rowley referred to email documents in the House of Representatives which he alleged that senior government officials were involved in a conspiracy to have Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011proclaimed early.

In its 2013 report to Parliament, the Integrity Commission said this was one of 35 complaints it is still investigating at this time. The matter is also being investigated by the Police Service.

Rowley and the Opposition PNM led a march to the Office of the President to present a petition on the Section 34 fiasco in December 2012.

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