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Luckhoo, therefore, told Ramlogan
he was issuing his letter to the media
in view of the prominent coverage
Ramlogan s comments had received.
He noted that no criminal pro-
ceedings had been instituted against
"There is at this stage an enquiry
which should continue without any
political interference and without
seeking to pre-judge its results or
compromise the constitutional fair-
trial rights that are possessed by all
in this country."
He also accused the Attorney Gen-
eral of breaking the promise he made
to the people of T&T when he took
office, and of usurping the role of
the commissioner of the enquiry.
"You have arrogated unto yourself
the role of the commissioner, who,
it is hoped, would consider all the
evidence and the submissions that
he has yet to receive before making
any public pronouncements, which
is further hoped and indeed expected
to be within his terms of office."
Luckhoo also pointed out that it
is the Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP) who exercises powers with
regard to the institution and under-
taking of criminal proceedings.
"You will of course fully appreciate
that...your office and function is sep-
arate and distinct from that of the
DPP," he said.
He suggested that Ramlogan
should follow the example of the
"You might consider taking a les-
son from another office-holder---the
DPP---who apart from perfectly prop-
erly confirming that he has asked
for an investigation, has sought to
do all he can to protect the fair-trial
rights of those under investigation."
Luckhoo also said his client Duprey
had co-operated fully with the
enquiry and it was untrue to state
"It is incumbent on me to correct
this view by stating unequivocally
that my client co-operated with the
enquiry process, save where same
seemed to conflict with his fair-trial
rights," he added.
He said Duprey was "astounded"
by what seemed to be the Attorney
General s criticism of the police for
failing to arrest Duprey.
"So far as I am aware, the Police
Service were not asked to effect serv-
ice of a witness summons/subpoena,"
"Indeed they could not as Mr
Duprey has been ordinarily resident
out of the jurisdiction for a number
of years and has not been to Trinidad
since the middle of 2009.
"It would not then have been pos-
sible therefore to serve him with legal
process within the jurisdiction and
service abroad of a witness summons
would never be an acceptable process
for a commission of enquiry, as you
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Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan is prepared to defend his
claim that former Clico executive
chairman Lawrence Duprey was
a wanted man, his lawyer Donna
Prowell said yesterday.
Prowell made the comment in
response to a letter sent to Ram-
logan earlier by Duprey s lawyer,
Lionel Luckhoo, which chastised
the AG for comments he made
about Duprey during Thursday s
post-cabinet press briefing.
Coming out fighting, Prowell
noted that Ramlogan "did in fact
state that had Mr Duprey been
served with the subpoena to
attend and give evidence at the
Colman Commission of Enquiry
and failed to show, he would have
been liable to the criminal
Prowell told Luckhoo that in
such circumstances, "Your client
risked prosecution for a criminal
offence in accordance with the
CoE Act, Chapter 19:01, Section
12 and would have most certainly
been a wanted man."
She added: "Your client was a
material witness who was required
to attend this CoE. He was wanted
by the commission for this pur-
pose. That you would take objec-
tion to the description of your
client as the central protagonist
who was a wanted man in this
regard is strange and illogical."
Rebutting Luckhoo s criticisms
one by one, she said Ramlogan
rejected the assertion that his
description of Mr Duprey as the
"central protagonist" amounted
to an unlawful arrogation or
usurpation of the role of the com-
"Mr Duprey was in fact the
head of the Clico empire. He was
the executive chairman of CL
Financial and chairman of Clico.
This description is therefore jus-
tified and fairly obvious to the
average man in the street."
Prowell said Ramlogan was also
"well aware of the fact that the
Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP) is constitutionally respon-
sible for criminal prosecutions,
but wishes to draw your attention
to the fact that the DPP has indi-
cated that the CoE has the status
of a court of law and hence pos-
sesses the power to initiate crim-
inal prosecution for non-atten-
dance under section 12."
She said while it was notewor-
thy that "you remember our
client s enviable track record in
defending the constitutional rights
of hundreds of citizens from all
walks of life, it is precisely this
experience with the less fortunate
in our society that has led to his
personal and official concern
about the failure and/or refusal
of Mr Duprey to attend the CoE."
In his letter, Luckhoo asked
how Ramlogan would have felt if
he had been Duprey s lawyer.
Prowell replied that Ramlogan
would have told Duprey "to
return home to the country where
he amassed his billion-dollar for-
tune and accept service of the
Ramlogan would also have told
him to give evidence before the
CoE and to be cross-examined,
she said, since to do otherwise
would have appeared evasive and
unco-operative and led ordinary
people to wonder if he had some-
thing to hide.
She added that the fact that
Luckoo was "astounded" that the
police were told to serve the sum-
mons on Duprey was "perhaps
a reflection on your lack of knowl-
edge of the basic procedures
utilised by all commissions."
Commenting on Luckhoo s
statement that Duprey had "not
been to Trinidad since the middle
of 2009," she asked whether that
meant he had been visiting Toba-
go, saying there had been rumours
that Duprey had been visiting
Tobago with friends aboard a
yacht. In that case, she said, the
summons could have been served
on him there.
Prowell ended on a defiant
note. While Luckhoo s letter was
not a formal pre-action protocol
letter, "Rest assured," she told
Luckhoo, "that our client stands
ready, poised, willing and able to
defend his statements. Mr Ram-
logan has instructed us to accept
service on his behalf of any court
proceedings you may wish to ini-
Ramlogan sticks to
'wanted man' claim
In reply to letter from Duprey's lawyer...
Lawyer: Duprey has not visited T&T since 2009
Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott throws
the javelin during the Twilight Games at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain last
night. Walcott beat others in his field "by miles"
with his throw of 84.39 metres.
PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
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