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Volney gets the boot

PORT OF SPAIN – Justice Minister Herbert Volney has tonight been fired by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for his role in the early proclamation of section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act.

In a special address to the nation following this evening’s Cabinet meeting, Persad- Bissessar announced that she had sent a directive to acting President Timothy Hamel-Smith advising that Minister Volney’s appointment be revoked.

Public outcry

His dismissal came following a public outcry from various sectors of the country after it was discovered that Section 34 had been proclaimed into law on August 30, on the eve of the country’s 50th Independence anniversary like a thief in the night.

The early proclamation of Section 34 paved the way for the dismissal of matters before the courts for a ten-year period that still has not been brought to trial.

Mere days after it was proclaimed, businessmen Ish Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson and several others applied to the courts to have their matters in the Piarco Airport corruption matters dismissed.

The Act was quickly repealed last week by the Government after days of public disquiet and concerns expressed by various stakeholders.

Persad-Bissessar said that Volney had failed in his ministerial responsibility to correctly advise the Cabinet when he presented the note that sought the approval for proclamation of section 34.

Volney will be replaced by Tobago attorney Christlyn Moore, who is to be appointed a Senator. (Express)

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