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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.

10 Responses to DLP stalwart blasts AG over bail comment

  1. Alex Alleyne July 15, 2016 at 5:22 am

    fire him.

  2. Debera July 15, 2016 at 6:06 am

    I am citizen of this country,and I am going to speak my my mind,I have not heard so much madness in a long time that (AG)each time he open his mouth he speak so much rubbish,he really want firing,I look at hin m on TV and lol.

  3. Johnathan July 15, 2016 at 7:58 am

    People with dignity,self worth and an intelligent independent mind will never be appreciated in that party. When a stupid Attorney General could do such indifference and a lazy,uncaring PM could not even as much as sensor him it just shows bad a position we are in as a country. Leroy you will never but thank God you always maintained a sense of dignity and independence of thought. Freundel and Idiot Brathwaite will be dealt with..

  4. Carson C Cadogan July 15, 2016 at 8:56 am

    He should step down for pressuring the Court to issue bail.

  5. Olutoye Walrond July 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Agree with your sentiments. But the Prime Minister’s views on who should get bail are irrelevant to the matter. The rules in place do not speak to the view of a Prime Minister.

  6. Sam Clarke July 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    This is why Barbados is in such a sad state. When you have the Attorney General influencing the court on bail of an accused, speak volumes. The Attorney General must resign immediately, if not the the Prime Minister must remove him from office.
    What this shows, is a disturbing pattern of constant meddling in judicial matters by the Attorney General.
    Here are questions that the AG must answer.
    1. Is the accused a member of your family and or friend?
    2. Have the accused ever been a client of yours?
    3. Is there any relationship between you, the government or any organizations that you have or are affiliated with?

    We can go on and on with questions, but your ethics is surely lacking Mr. Attorney General. If you had any moral scruples, you would resign instead of putting the onus on the Prime Minister to remove you.
    But given the track record of this administration, with the somnambulist that is in charge, you will continue to pervert the justice system of Barbados.
    So folks, you see why there is so much corrupt situation in Barbados.

  7. BoboTheClown July 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Has the PM commented on the AG’S statement ? Maybe he has and i missed it.
    The AG like Sam Clarke has so brilliantly said ,seem to have some sort of affiliation with the accused.Of course we’ll probably never get to the bottom of that ,but if by being as opionated as he is has resulted in influencing the courts decision he should be removed from ASAP because it sets a dangerous precedent. He has no legitimate reason as why he should be be allowed to continue as AG.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine July 17, 2016 at 5:50 am

      The Prime Minister will not comment on the AG’s comments because the AG has said nothing wrong as far as he is concerned. If he does say anything, it is because he is awake, fully energised and ready to talk whatever it takes for his reelection campaign recognition. After all, does this PM not condone wrongdoing by telling wrong doers go and get a lawyer? Did he not say that he believes in Leroy Parris more than he trusts Mia Mottley. He is a cut from the same cloth as the simpleton we have for an AG. Even the AG does not believe that he said anything wrong.

  8. BoboTheClown July 15, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I am sure the AG would have a whole lot to say about bullying if some one whether a School child or other was coerced into doing something that was forced upon them by another. Well Mr.AG if you don’t know what bullying is ,just visit the Webster Dictionary and you will, maybe somewhat surprised to see that you fit the category of some one that is a bully.
    Maybe in your book that only relates to School Children and others, but you are exempted.

  9. Sunshine Sunny Shine July 17, 2016 at 5:52 am

    I enjoy reading your views but this one is totally irrelevant to the fact. Let us just stop the what if, and deal with what is.


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