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Jairam mourns champion of law reform
President of the Law Association of T&T Seenath Jairam, SC, yesterday called for a speedy and thorough investigation into the violent death of its former president Dana Seetahal SC. Jairam, who added his voice to the list of mourners, said Seetahal had contributed significantly to the development of the criminal law, practice and procedure.
“She was a distinguished senior member of the legal profession. She served as a magistrate, State prosecutor, independent senator and defence attorney at law, as well as a long standing criminal law lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School in St Augustine,” Jairam said. He said she epitomised fearlessness, integrity and independence and was a champion of reform of the criminal justice system. Seetahal’s death, Jairam said, was a reflection of the worrying crime situation in T&T.
ln 2012, Seetahal resigned as president of the association because she believed she was personally under attack. The resignation had come in the midst of mounting pressure from certain members of council of the association and among the general membership over the disappearance of $284,000 from the association’s account. Seetahal had maintained she did no wrong and it was not unusual for people to sign and misuse cheques.