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Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley on
Monday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan to make public the report
he did into allegations of collusion between the
Prison Services and the Judiciary.
He also issued a fresh call to Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar to remove Ramlogan while an inde-
pendent investigation is done into the allegations.
Rowley made the demands during a public meeting
in Londenville, Chaguanas, on Monday, in support
of his campaign for the national executive election
on May 18.
Former solicitor general Eleanor Donaldson-Hon-
eywell resigned last year, months after she wrote a
letter to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
about alleged collusion in prison litigation matters.
Ramlogan said he investigated her complaint and
found the allegations to have no basis.
But Rowley said Ramlogan still had questions to
"Tonight, I ask the Attorney General where, when,
how and by whom did this full investigation take
place with respect to the alleged criminal conduct
between your office, the prisons and the Judiciary
on this matter?" hew asked.
He then called on Ramlogan to "make the report
of that full investigation public by tomorrow (yes-
He told the PNM supporters: "This is the place
where we draw a line on the ground. We draw a
line on the ground in T&T, in Caroni (Chaguanas)
And in the wake of the "onslaught" by Ramlogan
on Police Complaints Authority director Gillian
Lucky over an alleged leak of its report on the New
Flying Squad, Rowley called on all public officials
to speak out on government corruption. He said
they could do that knowing they had the support
of the Opposition.
With a general election due next year, Rowley
said those who spoke out and were victimised by
the PP Government would be safe if the PNM were
to assume power then.
"We give the assurance to every public official or
any person in the private sector who knows of gov-
ernment wrong-doing, that if you speak up in
defence of T&T, the (next) PNM government will
ensure we reverse every act of discrimination or
victimisation against you. This joke has gone too
far," he added.
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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley is
demanding the removal of Attorney Gen-
eral Anand Ramlogan from office while
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
initiates a full investigation into allegations
of wrong-doing by lawyers involved in
prison litigation in his ministry.
Rowley made the call during a People s
National Movement (PNM) leadership cam-
paign meeting at Signature Hall, Long-
denville, Chaguanas, on Monday night.
He said if the PM did not accede to the
request he would lead citizens on the streets
He told supporters: "We want a thorough
independent investigation of these allega-
tions of criminal conduct originating in the
office of the AG. The AG Anand Ramlogan
must be removed from the office in the
process while the investigation proceeds.
"We are making this as a demand in pro-
tection of our rights under the Constitution.
If the PM does not accede to these two
requests, I am putting you on standby that
I would lead the people of T&T onto the
streets of T&T because this Government
does not own us. They work for us."
Rowley was referring to the now ongoing
saga between Ramlogan and former solicitor
general (SG) Eleanor Donaldson-Honey-
Donaldson-Honeywell, in a letter to the
PM last August, had accused attorneys in
the Office of the AG of collusion in prison
litigation matters and called for a probe.
She claimed there were concerns about
a breach of professional ethics for indirect
or direct financial gain, adding she was con-
cerned the attorneys were engaged in an
unethical business venture.
After the AG produced a second letter to
the media over the weekend, which seemed
to suggest Donaldson-Honeywell had with-
drawn her request after being satisfied the
matter had been dealt with following a probe
by the AG, Donaldson-Honeywell countered
that she never did that and expected the
probe to continue.
Duty to nation
During his meeting, Rowley, who is being
challenged for the leadership position in the
May 18 internal election by Pennelope Beck-
les-Robinson, said the matter was a very
serious one and the PM had a duty to the
nation to have it investigated and deter-
"People of T&T, I want you to understand
that the SG is a subordinate of the AG,"
"In simple language, he is her boss. But
the matter was so serious that this officer,
a public servant, seeing what is before her
by way of complaints from the prisons,
wrote a letter to the PM," he added.
He said Donaldson-Honeywell put every-
thing on the line by bypassing the AG to
write to the PM, "that this matter exists
where the judiciary, the prisons and the
executive, that triumvirate, is operating in
a way where there could be criminal conduct
taking place, involving persons who have
been convicted of crimes, who are already
in jail and who are siphoning out public
money through an unethical business prac-
"In other words, there are people in the
system, in the government, in the AG s office
colluding with lawyers to run a business
using the jail and the AG s office.
"That s why tonight I am calling on the
PM of T&T to immediately institute the
appropriate enquiry into this matter and
that the AG not be anywhere near the bor-
ders of it," he said.
Rowley on ex-solicitor general's allegations:
AG must stand aside
Soldiers carry the
horse" as a symbol of
its fallen commander-
in-chief during the
procession for the
late former president
Arthur NR Robinson
at Green Corner, Port-
The body of Robinson
will continue to lie in
state at the
today for public
FOR FALLEN COMMANDER
...and gives Ramlogan
a 24-hour ultimatum
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