Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 3rd 2015 Contents There is discontent brewing
within the Law Association of
T&T (LATT) over its stance on
witness tampering allegations
against Attorney General Anand
Two days after the association s
issued a press release calling for
Ramlogan to step down in the
face of the allegations leveled by
Police Compliants Authority
(PCA) director David West, one
senior member yesterday ques-
tioned whether the statement
properly represented the opinion
of the entire membership.
In a post on social network website
Facebook, yesterday, attorney Donna
Prowell, a former secretary of the
association, claimed that a special
meeting was required for members
to decide on the contents of a state-
ment before it is officially issued on
"Since that ugly political
imbroglio erupted last week, the
LATT has not met, nor have I
been consulted on it as a member
of the Law Association of T&T
(LATT). In so far as that press
release purports to represent the
views of the membership of the
LATT the information contained
in it is false and misleading,"
In response president of the
association Seenath Jairam, SC,
wrote to Prowell to clarify the issue.
Jairam stated the council did in
fact have an emergency session to
discuss the issue before it made
the public statement.
"As you are well aware this is
consistent with established practice
and the tenants of the Legal Pro-
fession Act," Jairam stated.
Prowell has since removed the
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Minutes after he was fired, former
Minister of National Security Gary
Griffith said he had passed informa-
tion to the police about another inves-
tigation involving his former Cabinet
Griffith, however, denied he was
asked to resign by Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, as she had
stated in her address to the nation,
instead saying he was fired for speaking
the truth although he was never impli-
cated in the Section 34 fiasco involving
former attorney general Anand Ram-
"I was fired, I did not resign. There
is a difference," Griffith said when asked
if he had offered his resignation to the
Asked if he was disappointed that
he was unable to fulfill his plans in the
fight against crime, Griffith said, "No,
it is the Prime Minister s right to do
what she did. I will continue to stand
Saying his firing was a "red herring,"
Griffith reiterated that he was never
part of any investigation over the Sec-
tion 34 issue.
"The Prime Minister said it was
because of my involvement in an inves-
tigation. There is no cloud hanging
over my head.
"What I am is a credible witness
that can assist the police in the inves-
tigation. I was not a person of interest,
a suspect, nor was I ever implicated in
any of this," Griffith said.
Saying the incident was rather unfor-
tunate, Griffith confirmed attempts
were made by his former Cabinet col-
leagues to sway him after he made a
statement corroborating those made
by Police Complaints Authority Director
David West. That matter is now before
"Because of my military training I
will not tell what you want to hear, I
will tell you what you need to know.
I spoke the truth and I do not intend
to shift my principles. I have no regrets,"
Griffith said he knew the repercus-
sions of speaking the truth but chose
to stand for principle, saying people
should not sell themselves for personal
"I m a soldier before a politician, I
will always be a soldier. I am proud of
what I have done. The politicians have
to start operating in the same man-
Anand Ramlogan SC, who
yesterday resigned as the Attor-
ney General, maintained last
night the allegations against him
was a "political conspiracy"
which will be exposed.
In a statement issued after
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar address to the nation,
Ramlogan said: "The job of Attor-
ney General is a challenging and
difficult one. I was marked from
the day I was appointed, as I
became a favourite target of forces
opposed to the Government. It
has not been an easy ride, but I
am happy that I was given the
opportunity to have been of serv-
ice to my Government and coun-
try," Ramlogan said.
Ramlogan said he understands
and accepts Persad-Bissessar s
decision to relieve him of his
duties as Senator and Attorney
"The Prime Minister has acted
in the public interest to uphold
the Constitution and the rule of
law and I support these higher
ideals," Ramlogan said.
"I ask that due process be
allowed to take its course so that
the necessary investigations can
be completed in a professional and
expeditious manner. I am confi-
dent that the political conspiracy
will be exposed, justice will be
done and that I will emerge vic-
torious in the end," Ramlogan said.
Leader of the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP), Jack Warner, says Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has
failed to do what was required to
make a clean break and bring a fresh
administration to the Office of the
Warner said that would have given
confidence to the rule of law and to
the administration of justice.
He said new AG Garvin Nicholas
who is "not distinguished in any way
will carry on as if nothing has happened.
We cannot expect to see any change."
Warner said the PM has acknowl-
edged that the accusation of witness
tampering by the former AG was a
serious and frightening matter. But
her advisors had her postponing deci-
sive action until late yesterday.
Warner said he always warned the
PM that Ramlogan "would be the
downfall of her government." He said
new Minister of Sport, Brent Sancho,
an employee of Super Industrial Serv-
ices "will bring no comfort to her
but, more importantly, the nation at
Gary passes more info to cops
'I was fired
COALITION PARTNER CONCERNED
Meanwhile, Griffith's wife Nicole
Dyer-Griffith, chairman of the
Congress of the People, admitted to
being concerned about the
development following a meeting at
the party's Flagship House in Port-
of-Spain last night.
In an interview with CNC3, Dyer-
Griffith said she recused herself
from a subsequent national
executive meeting called to discuss
the six revocations because of her
personal involvement with Griffith.
She said she did not see how the
COP could remain part of the
People's Partnership Government
given how last night's decisions
were made, but admitted that
political leader Prakash Ramadhar
was not part of the meeting as he
was at the Diplomatic Centre for the
Warner: Don't expect any
change from Garvin
'I will emerge victorious' --- Anand
Discontent brewing over Law body release
People s National Movement
(PNM) Public Relations Officer
(PRO) Faris Al-Rawi said last
night the Cabinet re-shuffle was
an attempt to "hoodwink" the
He was commenting on the
announcement that Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
removed Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan and National Security
Minister Gary Griffith from her
In a telephone interview after
the announcement, Al-Rawi said
it was Persad-Bissessar and not
the Leader of the Opposition who
sought to fool the country.
"From start to finish of that
speech, she did a song and dance
with smoke and mirrors in a vain
attempt to put fresh make-up on
the People s Partnership," he said.
He said he was unsure whether
both Ramlogan and Griffith were
fired or asked to resign and
whether the two did in fact sub-
mit their resignations.
"The Prime Minister told the
country she was removing Ram-
logan and Griffith because they
are involved in a police investi-
gation, forgetting that she too is
under police investigation in the
E-mailgate matter," he said.
"By that logic the Prime Min-
ister has rendered herself inca-
pable of being taken seriously,"
he said. ---Renuka Singh
Cabinet reshuffle, smoke and mirrors --- Al-Rawi
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