DLP stalwart blasts AG over bail comment
Former Democratic Labour Party Senator Dr Leroy McClean has hit out at Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite over Brathwaite’s comment on Wednesday of last week regarding bail for Police Constable Everton Gittens, who was on remand at the time for murder.
Two days after saying he did not understand why Gittens was being held while another murder accused nicknamed Lord Evil had been granted bail, a High Court judge offered the police officer bail to the tune of $200,000.
In a posting on the social media site Facebook on the day Gittens was offered bail, McClean, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation, said the Attorney General could be accused of pressuring the court and influencing the decision.
McClean, who also served as Consul General to Canada, said Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s earlier comments that he had been “hit for six” when he learned that murder accused here were being granted bail and Brathwaite’s subsequent statement were in conflict with each other.
He maintained that as part of the executive branch of Government the Attorney General ought to have been aware of the separation of powers.
“The Barbados Constitution recognizes the doctrine of the separation of powers. However, it seems that persons who hold important positions in Barbados are not sensitive to what impressions are conveyed to the rest of the world when the lines are blurred between the different branches of Government,” the former diplomat wrote.
When contacted this morning by Barbados TODAY for further comment, McClean declined, stating that he did not wish to expand on what he had already written.