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He has been deemed by many as being too con-
troversial and a loose cannon. His allegiances seem
to shift constantly---in one breath he praises the
Government, in the next he chastises and vilifies
But former justice minister Herbert Volney still
insists that the entire Section 34 fiasco, which saw
him being fired from his ministerial post, ought not
to have stopped with him.
In an interview with the T&T Guardian, Volney
spoke on several topics, including Section 34, Reshmi
Ramnarine, allegations of corruption within the Gov-
ernment and the lack of will by Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar and Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan to address such allegations.
Referring to Section 34 as a powerful piece of leg-
islation, Volney said it was critical and was chosen
out of the entire Administration of Justice (Indictable
Proceedings) Act for early implementation because
it would have assisted in "cleansing the stables of
He said some 47 fraud cases were before the courts,
among them the matters involving businessmen Ish
Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson, former prime
minister Basdeo Panday and several other private
The St Joseph MP maintained, however, that he
had done nothing wrong in seeking early implemen-
tation of the clause, which was subsequently repealed
after public outcry over the implications of its imple-
mentation for those before the courts.
"If anything, I was over-zealous in having the law
implemented," he said.
The former minister said after he assumed office
as Justice Minister in 2010, the entire Cabinet knew
of his plans to enact the act. So when the note went
to Cabinet on August 6 last year, it was approved.
"Everyone gave the go-ahead," Volney said.
Volney said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
asked whether he had held consultations with Chief
Justice Ivor Archie on the clause and he said yes.
"I had no idea of Steve and Ish and Carlos and
Panday and these people when I brought the procla-
mation note to Cabinet," he said.
Asked why offences which include money-laun-
dering or white-collar crimes were also not exempted,
since it can be said that such crimes are a catalyst
for gang and firearm-related offences, Volney said:
"It was overlooked by all 41 members of Parliament
and 31 members of the Senate.
"In hindsight I should have recommended it...It
was a parliamentary and ministry oversight they
were not included," he added.
Asked if it was a deliberate oversight, Volney said:
"No. It was also overlooked by the President, who
signed the proclamation."
He asked: "How many white-collar crimes have
been prosecuted in T&T by the office of the DPP
within the last ten years? I cannot recall any."
Guardian checks, however, showed that more
than 30 matters involving fraud-related offences
were prosecuted during the past ten years. They
involved police officers and former employees
assigned to several financial institutions.
Several of the matters, concluded either at the
magistrates court or High Court, were settled by
the parties involved (meaning the aggrieved parties
did not want to give evidence, since the accused
reimbursed the aggrieved parties).
Volney was asked whether his colleagues knew
about the implications of Section 34 and who
would benefit from its implementation, since
investigations by the T&T Guardian revealed that
Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar (acting
in the capacity of an attorney) and Persad-Bissessar
had represented former prime minister Panday
and his wife Oma in June 2005. The Pandays were
charged with corruptly receiving monies.
Persad-Bissessar, investigations revealed, was
present when her client Oma Panday was ques-
tioned in 2005 at the office of the Anti-Corruption
Investigations Bureau and was also present during
court hearing. Both Pandays would have benefited
from the Section 34 clause and also applied to
the High Court to have their matters dismissed.
After the fiasco with Section 34, Persad-Bisses-
sar as well as other members of her Cabinet dis-
tanced themselves from the early proclamation,
indicating they were misled and deceived by Vol-
But in Volney s view all the lawyers in the Cab-
inet should have been fired for the faux pas.
"I think all legal minds should have been fired,
from the Attorney General go down, because there
was a week when the note was approved and
when the minute was confirmed. I was out of the
country," Volney said.
Volney sticks to Section 34 tune
Continued on Page A11
St Joseph MP Herbert Volney.
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