Not nearly enough

Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley

PORT OF SPAIN – Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley has said the Section 34 fiasco is not over with the firing of Justice Minister Herbert Volney.

Speaking to the Express last night minutes after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced she had fired Volney, Rowley said that others must be held accountable and today at a news conference at the Opposition Leader’s office he will elaborate more on the matter.

Persad-Bissessar, delivered a statement at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, in which she blamed Volney for the early proclamation of the Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act, 2011.

Persad-Bissessar said that Volney misled the Cabinet when he said the Chief Justice and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were consulted on Section 34 before the note was placed before the Cabinet, when in fact, her investigations found that they were not.

Leads march

On Tuesday, Rowley led a march comprising thousands of persons, from the Red House to President’s House. There, he delivered a statement to Acting President Timothy Hamel Smith which called on the Prime Minister to fully explain the Section 34 fiasco and to revoke the appointments of both Volney and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.

Last night Rowley remained dissatisfied over the Prime Minister’s response and actions.

“The Prime Minister continues to stonewall and sweep the matter under the carpet,” he said.

“I am not impressed with her statement, there was no new information, everything she said was in the public domain and there are matters which are still unanswered and I’ll address them tomorrow morning (today),” said Rowley.

Persad-Bissessar announced that attorney Christlyn Moore will be sworn in as a Senator and take her place as the new Justice Minister.

On Moore’s appointment, Rowley said “She did not go very far from the trough where the Attorney General was feeding people,”.

Rowley said it was expected that Volney would be fired. (Express)


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