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Author and play-
wright Earl Lovelace
says the Bocas Lit Fes-
tival has grown magnif-
icently but still needs to
find a way to broaden
its reach to the popula-
In an interview follow-
ing the launch of the
2014 edition of the fes-
tival at the Old Fire Sta-
tion Building, Abercrom-
by Street, Port-of-Spain,
Lovelace praised the fes-
tival but added that there
was more work to be
He said it needed to
find a way to get more
people reading and lis-
tening as well.
He added: "Whereas
30 or 40 years ago you
didn t have free second-
ary education, so you
would have a small intel-
lectual group, today you
should have something
"I think you have to
find ways to attract new
people and in order to do
that you have to be rel-
evant to them and you
have to reach out."
Lovelace was one of
four people who read
excerpts from books
regarding the city of
Arts and Culture Min-
ister Dr Lincoln Douglas,
Former minister in the Ministry of National
Security, attorney Subhas Panday, is calling on
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to estab-
lish a commission of enquiry to investigate alle-
gations of unethical business ventures made by
former solicitor general Eleanor Donaldson-Hon-
eywell against Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
and his office.
Panday said the office of the AG has been brought
into disrepute and there must be a determination
as to whether Donaldson-Honeywell or Ramlogan
is telling the truth. He said whoever is guilty of
doing wrong must be dealt with to the full extent
of the law, adding if the AG is in the wrong he
must resign forthwith.
Donaldson-Honeywell, in an August 2013 letter
to the PM, alleged there was an unethical business
venture in which certain attorneys were being paid
millions of dollars through the AG s office to settle
She called on the PM to investigate circumstances
that may amount to breaches of professional ethics
by the attorneys involved, adding their actions
may have the effect of perverting the course of
justice in litigation against the State.
At a news conference at his San Fernando legal
office on Wednesday, Panday said: "The former
solicitor general has made a very scathing attack
on the integrity of AG Ramlogan and the office of
"These allegations made by the solicitor general
are more far-reaching than the allegations of a
leak in the Police Complaints Authority (PCA).
Miss Donaldson-Honeywell has made allegations
of impropriety, corruption and what is tantamount
to misbehaviour in public office of the AG.
"She complains that the AG retained lawyers to
fight cases against the State in certain kinds of
matters and then allow them (lawyers) to defend
similar matters against the State.
"She asks how could a lawyer appear for a pris-
oner who claims to be beaten and fight the State
and then take a case for the State from another
prisoner who said he had been beaten."
He said Donaldson-Honeywell, who resigned
with effect from last January 14, citing personal
reasons, claimed she tried to address the imbalance
but the AG never assisted her.
He added: "My view is that these allegations of
corruption are so severe they cannot be swept
under the carpet. If these allegations made by the
solicitor general are untrue, then she must be dealt
"However, if the allegations are true and we are
in no position to determine if they are true or false,
then the AG must demit office forthwith.
"If there is a scintilla of truth, then the AG
should feel the full brunt of the law and he should
be charged with misbehaviour in public office."
Panday said he found it peculiar that the PM
would hand the letter from the solicitor general to
the AG, that the two would have then engaged in
a long discussion, settled the matter and arrive at
a conclusion that there was no longer a need for
the PM s office to investigate the matter.
"I am saying two senior officers in the AG s
office cannot sit down and settle a matter like that.
Complainant and defendant cannot sit down and
determine a matter like that, when these matters
touch on concerns of the administration of justice,
criminal justice and our democracy," Panday said.
Donaldson-Honeywell is the daughter of late
People s National Movement (PNM) party vice-
chairman and former minister John Donaldson.
We need to reach
Lovelace at Bocas Lit Fest launch:
of the 2 Cents
John Legend's All
Of Me during the
lunchtime jam on
the Brian Lara
Bocas Lit Fest,
scores of writers
from across the
corruption claims against AG...
former Miss Universe
Janelle Penny Commis-
siong and Port-of-Spain
North MP Patricia McIn-
tosh also read excerpts.
The capital city cele-
brates its 100th anniver-
sary this year.
Lovelace read an
excerpt from his own
novel, The Dragon Can t
The four-day festival,
which began on Thurs-
day, will host more than
60 events, including
workshops, film screen-
ings, poetry events and
an extempo debate.
The festival organisers
have also introduced a
new component to the
festival, called Festival
Radio, which will provide
an audio stream of fes-
tival events for people
who are interested but do
not have the time to visit
Films on Lovelace as
well as fellow authors
Derek Walcott and VS
Naipaul will be screened.
The festival is in its
See Page B3 for
today's Bocas Lit
Fest events schedule.
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