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Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal has been given
the responsibility to redraft the bill on abolishing
preliminary inquiries that will repeal the present
preliminary inquiry legislation---the Administration
of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act, 2011---Attor-
ney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday.
The bill seeks to repeal and replace the Indictable
Offences (Preliminary Inquiry) Act, Chap 12:01, by
providing a new system of pretrial proceedings
relating to indictable offences. It is geared towards
removing the backlog associated with the conduct
of preliminary inquiries and introduce a new pretrial
system for serious criminal matters which would
reduce the pretrial waiting time.
Ramlogan said the Government intended to imple-
ment a simple and more effective model which
would be built on the legislation used in Antigua.
He said the current procedure was "complicated
"The Criminal Bar Association has taken issue
with several issues with this act and the Government
has experienced several challenges in implementing
it. Consultations with several stakeholders, including
the judiciary, the DPP and the Criminal Bar, have
highlighted several aspects of the present act that
are problematic," Ramlogan added.
The AG said the Government also proposed to
amend the first schedule of the Bail Act and to sub-
stitute a new list of offences.
He said a person who is charged with such offence
and who has a previous conviction for a similar
offence during the last ten years would not be entitled
However, where the matter has not started after
120 days, the person would be entitled to apply to
a judge to be granted bail, he added.
That amendment would require a special majority
under Section 13 of the Constitution, which is, a
three-fifths vote of all the members of each House
of Parliament, he said. (GK)
In a photo caption in yesterday s Business
Guardian (Page 37) Dr Jacob Hadeed was wrongly
identified as Mr Anthony Rahael. Our apologies
to both gentlemen.
In a story on hunting on Page B1 on October
3, the word "no" was left out, changing the meaning
of a sentence.
The sentence should have read: "He said his
group strongly advised transparency and enforce-
ment of the law for the moratorium to be effective
and called for no sale of wild meat during the
We apologise for the error.
Getting it right
Khan, left, Aaron
Joseph, 2nd left,
and Stephen Prince
chat with Hillview
during the school's
exercise at the
yesterday. All four
were celebrated by
He highlighted the arrests of 21 residents
of Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain, during the
state of emergency in 2011. The men, Ram-
logan said, were freed after Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard told Chief
Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar there was
insufficient evidence against them to sustain
Ramlogan said if they were targeted
unfairly, such individuals could also seek
redress by going to the Equal Opportunity
Commission to file a complaint about the
inequality of treatment "by a high state
functionary, namely the commissioner of
"The commissioner of police cannot pass
the buck for fighting crime," he said.
"The Government cannot put handcuffs
on any citizen and we cannot investigate
any crime. That is the function of the Police
Ramlogan s comments came a day after
Housing Development Corporation (HDC)
managing director Jearlean John denied
Rodriguez was either a contractor or sub-
contractor on the police post.
Last Friday, however, Rodriguez had fea-
tured prominently on a tour of the project
with John, Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal, National Security Minister Gary
Griffith and acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams. He subsequently
addressed members of the media at the
assignment and denied claims being circu-
lated that a gang leader had been awarded
the contract. He said he was a community
leader who owned his own construction
company and was a hard worker.
But at the launch of an anti-bullying
campaign on Tuesday, Williams told mem-
bers of the media the police had intelligence
Rodriguez was involved in gang activity and
had passed on this information to the Gov-
ernment. (See Page A5)
Yesterday, Ramlogan said this was not
"The obvious question is if the police
know who the gang leaders and the gang
members are, why is it they are not behind
bars and why is it they are not being charged
with credible evidence so that they can be
prosecuted and put behind bars?" he said.
"If the commissioner of police knows
who the gang leaders are, then they must
go and put handcuffs on them and the Gov-
ernment will applaud them and the Gov-
ernment will salute them and the people
of this country will pay tribute to them."
He said in the absence of that evidence,
he would "urge caution" to Williams before
he made "such sweeping statements and
putting it in the framework and manner
that he (Williams) has, as it could lead to
an avalanche of litigation against the State."
Saying the Government s position
remained "clear," Ramlogan said if there
was evidence of gang-related activity or
"gang membership" involved in any facet
of "public or private life," then the Police
Service must arrest or prosecute.
"That is the position when we assumed
office, it remains a position today and it
will never change," Ramlogan added.
No one entitled to contracts
Contacted yesterday, National Security
Minister Gary Griffith said the granting of
government contracts was not an "entitle-
ment" to anyone. However, he reiterated
his intention to root out criminal elements
from state contracts.
Drawing reference to the United States
visa system, Griffith said not everyone was
guaranteed a visa as there were various
intelligence agencies who gathered infor-
mation on people which were then passed
on and scrutinised before a visa was award-
"The US government has its own watch-
list, for example those suspected of being
terrorists and other criminals, and they cer-
tainly do not give out visas to each and
everybody," he said.
"So the awarding of a contract certainly
is not an entitlement to anyone. What I
intend to do is get the names of those who
are gang leaders and gang members and
pass them out to the relevant agencies so
they would be aware of this, especially where
the awarding of contracts was concerned."
Williams said yesterday that he had not
heard Ramlogan s comments and therefore
could not comment.
AG warns of lawsuits
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