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In response last night, Attorney General Ram-
logan said he had no difficultly in complying with
the PM s instructions. He said he would convene
a meeting in the shortest possible time to discuss
the matter with all the relevant stakeholders.
"The former solicitor general and I had already
initiated discussions with the prisons administration,
which we will now deepen and continue with the
"I welcome any form of enquiry. I have absolutely
no difficultly with that," Ramlogan said.
He said the last time he spoke to Donaldson-
Honeywell was on Monday, adding that he continued
to maintain a very cordial relationship with her.
The first step, Ramlogan said, was to get all the
particulars of the investigation so that it could be
thoroughly and specifically addressed.
Still a bad all---Rowley
In an interview on CNC3 last night, Rowley said
the latest decision by Persad-Bissessar made the
issue even more troubling.
"One has to ask why is the Prime Minister afraid
of having an investigation into matters which are
clearly requiring an investigation, and in putting
the matter to be investigated by the Attorney General
the Prime Minister is asking for a himself to him-
"All of the problems surrounding this calamity
relate to actions in the Office of the Attorney General.
So how could the Prime Minister, in the face of a
demand for an investigation by a judicial officer
and the Prisons Officers Association ... how could
she be putting this matter back to the Attorney
General to be investigated?" Rowley asked.
Law body supports probe
The Law Association of T&T finally broke its
silence on the matter yesterday, saying it supported
the call for an immediate independent investigation
into the allegations.
The association met in a 45-minute meeting on
Monday to discuss the issue and in a press release
"The association urges, as a first step, the full
disclosure of all allegations and supporting facts.
We expect the full co-operation of all stakeholders
to bring clarity and an early resolution of the issues."
The association said it noted the considerable
public discussion and anxiety arising out of the
"publicised request" by the Prisons Officers Asso-
ciation and the former solicitor general for an inves-
tigation into matters which may adversely affect
the State's defence in prison litigation and alleged
unethical business ventures.
It added that it was deeply committed to the
observance of the rule of law and preservation of
the constitutional rights of citizens.
"In light of the allegations which may constitute
an abuse of process and/or perversion of the course
of justice and which have the potential to undermine
the administration of justice, the Law Association
supports the call for an immediate independent
investigation into these allegations," it added. (See
Thursday, May 1, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
In the face of mounting public pressure,
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
has ordered Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan to revisit allegations of collusion
involving lawyers engaged in prison liti-
Persad-Bissessar made the decision yes-
terday, calling on Ramlogan to meet with
acting Solicitor General Carol Hernandez,
Commissioner of Prisons Conrad Barrow,
Inspector of Prisons Daniel Khan, Minister
of Justice Emmanuel George and the Chief
State Solicitor Christophe Grant to revisit
the matter and to chart the best way for-
Her statement came even as the Law
Association and Association of Law Officers
added its voice to the list of those calling
for an independent probe into allegations
made by former solicitor general Eleanor
Donaldson-Honeywell, who expressed con-
cern about what she called an "unethical
business" venture in prison litigation mat-
Persad-Bissessar's decision also came in
the face of an ultimatum from Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley that she call a probe
and order Ramlogan to step aside, or else
he would launch public protests similar to
that in the Section 34 matter.
In a release yesterday, the PM said the
decision to revisit the matter had come after
Donaldson-Honeywell reiterated her call
for a probe in the matter to continue and
the Prison Officers' Association also called
for the same.
Noted recent issues
Persad-Bissessar said she was under the
impression that when she (PM) dealt with
the matter after it first raised in a letter last
August by Donaldson-Honeywell, that the
former solicitor general had expressed
approval with how it was handled.
The PM said that was the impression she
had when Donaldson-Honeywell subse-
quently penned a second letter which stated:
"Honourable Prime Minister, your proactive
attention to this matter is greatly appreciated
as it underscores your recognition of the
interests of those engaged in civil litigation
on behalf of the State and their clients in
the Prison Service.
"In light of the discussions with the Attor-
ney General, through your intervention, I
am now confident that the issues raised in
my letter will be adequately addressed and
accordingly would no longer seek further
investigation through your office."
The PM said: "As for the objections car-
ried in the media about my own handling
of the particular report, given that the former
solicitor general is of the view that the matter
had been appropriately handled by me, who
else could or should question her professional
"In my respectful view, the issue was
treated with the urgency and seriousness
required and the former solicitor general's
expressed opinion validates my actions in
Notwithstanding that, the PM said she
had noted Donaldson-Honeywell's statement
this week that she expected the probe to
continue and the POA's calls for it to be
probed further and had advised the AG to
meet with the key stakeholders to chart a
Anand must meet
I have no
Door open for new prison litigation probe
Social media networks
were abuzz last night
after a fire in the hills of
Diego Martin spread
from as far as La Puerta
to Goodwood Park,
Glencoe. The National
Operations Centre, in a
statement last night,
described it as a
"massive fire raging in
the hills above La
Puerta, Diego Martin,"
and said it had been
providing air support to
the Fire Service, which
had been battling the
blaze for hours.
PHOTO COURTESY SARITA
HILLS ON FIRE
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