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A titan, a giant among men.
This was how Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan described slain legal
luminary Dana Seetahal SC yesterday.
Expressing his shock at the brazen
murder, Ramlogan said in a statement,
"Her carefree nature was matched by
her sense of patriotism. She was a pub-
lic-spirited lawyer who served her coun-
try in many different capacities, includ-
ing assistant solicitor general, lecturer,
magistrate, prosecutor, independent
senator, president of the Law Associ-
ation, newspaper columnist and author."
Ramlogan said Seetahal was truly
unbiased and had an independent voice
that helped shape public opinion.
"The wisdom of her counsel provided
guidance to the nation on critical issues.
Dana had a piercing intellect and a
wonderful sense of humour.
"She was an excellent advocate in
the courts and the consummate pro-
fessional who was never afraid of hard
work. She was married to her work and
dedicated her entire life to the legal
profession. Her pragmatic approach to
life was reflected in her newspaper
columns, where she was able to simplify
complex legal matters so that the aver-
age man could understand the issues."
Ramlogan said he had lost "a dear
friend and colleague."
He said he last spoke to Seetahal
about her column in the Saturday
Express. (Seetahal was also a former
T&T Guardian columnist).
"It provided support for me in the
present controversy over the letter from
the solicitor general. She was one of
the few who came out in my defence
and supported my position.
"It is a powerful reminder of the
strength of her independence, as she
was not afraid to voice her opinion even
if it meant swimming against the tide---
she stood up for her beliefs," the AG
He said despite opposing opinions
at times, their mutual respect and
friendship were always maintained.
Ramlogan said the Office of the
Attorney General had also lost critical
support with Seetahal s killing, as she
assisted him with important and sen-
sitive work on a number of legislative
measures to help with the fight against
crime and improve the administration
"She was instrumental in the new
law to abolish preliminary inquiries and
changes to the DNA Act. Last week,
she helped us organise a workshop on
plea bargaining with experts from the
United States," he said.
"Her death will leave a void in society
and the legal profession. These are big
shoes to fill. She was one of a kind."
On why he believed someone wanted
Seetahal dead, Ramlogan said he pre-
ferred not to speculate.
"I am so shocked about this tragedy
that I haven t even begun to think that
far," Ramlogan said.
security minister Jack
Warner is hoping that
no effort will be spared
in bringing the killers
of Dana Seetahal, SC,
In a press statement
yesterday, the Independ-
ent Liberal Party leader
said: "The brutal and
brazen manner in which
Ms Seetahal was exe-
cuted is a jolting
reminder of the tragic
state of affairs in the
country with regard to
the crime situation and
overall public safety.
"It is a reminder that
there are very dangerous
elements in our midst
whose existence and
activities we cannot
continue to ignore or to
take lightly. We hope
that no effort would be
spared in bringing the
persons behind Ms See-
tahal s death to justice
and that it will no longer
be "business as usual"
in dealing with the issues
of the criminal justice
lences to Seetahal family,
friends and the legal fra-
ternity, Warner said See-
tahal devoted her life to
her profession and to
service to her country.
Throughout her pro-
fessional career, Warner
said, she was one of the
guiding lights whom the
nation relied upon for
leadership and direction
on very controversial
and critical issues.
"She was known as a
fearless and forthright
individual who always
stood for high stan-
dards," he said, adding
that her passing leaves
a tremendous void in the
national landscape, the
extent of which is
Some of Dana Seetahal SC's family and colleagues chat at the scene of her killing
in Woodbrook, yesterday. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
KILLING OF DANA SEETAHAL, SC
AG shocked by brazen slaying of Seetahal
T&T has lost a legal titan
Crime Stoppers has offered a $1
million reward for information
leading to the arrest and convic-
tion of the killer or killers of Dana
Seetahal was shot dead during
the early hours of yesterday morn-
ing as she drove along Hamilton-
Holder Street in Woodbrook on her
Executive manager of Crime
Stoppers, Garland Samuel, said yes-
terday that encouragement was
needed so that people could come
forward to give information.
"We need to encourage people to
"The only way the police can act
and apprehend people and get the
problems related to crime in our
country down is if people give
information," Samuel said.
"We encourage people to give
information not just to Dana See-
tahal but any type of crime can be
solved by giving information to the
Samuel assured that all calls at
800-TIPS would remain anony-
Crime Stoppers offers $1m for info
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