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Rowley takes issue with Ramlogan’s platform utterances
Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley says Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has crossed the line in the Anna Deonarine Range Rover matter and he is being protected by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Rowley was speaking at a public meeting in Maloney on Thursday night in support of PNM candidates contesting Monday’s local government elections.
Ramlogan told a meeting of the United National Congress earlier in the week the matter was being investigated by the police. He said the vehicle, which was seized by police 2011, will not be returned to Deonarine but to London. Rowley for the second consecutive night accused Ramlogan of not handling the matter properly. He questioned how and why Ramlogan displayed a police file on the UNC platform in Princes Town. He said Ramlogan had effectively tried to “criminalise” Deonarine and the PM said she stood by him.
Rowley said the PM was protecting the AG. “How much more of Kamla Persad-Bissessar can citizens take,” Rowley asked. He said Persad-Bissessar behaved in a similar manner with then minister Jack Warner. Rowley said if Warner “is to be beaten 15 strikes, Kamla Persad-Bissessar must get 14 -and-a-half.” He also wants to know if Crime Watch would be the new crime plan by the Government. Rowley wants Persad-Bissessar to answer that question.
Alleyne, who hosted the former television programme Crime Watch is the UNC candidate for the November 4 St Joseph by-election. Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said after Alleyne was nominated last Monday, if elected, will work with National Security Minister Gary Griffith to make a significant dent on the crime problem. But Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, in a statement yesterday, said he has no regrets about exposing the land matter involving Deonarine on the political platform.
In a news report Ramlogan was severely criticised for that development by former AG John Jeremie and former president of the Law Association Martin Daly. Law Association president Seenath Jairam also said he did not condone the AG’s action. Ramlogan said while he appreciated Jairam’s concerns he has “an overriding duty and responsibility to act in the public interest.”
The AG said he was”concerned about the hundreds of innocent citizens who had to undergo the private and public stress, humiliation and depression when they could not access their savings to have a medical operation, send their child to university, buy a car or improve their home.”
Ramlogan said, “some of these persons have in fact died from the stress and depression. Others languish in perpetual pain and suffering as their lives have been completely ruined, devastated and destroyed. No one from the Law Association stepped forward to express any concern for their welfare at any time.”
He said his predecessors, Jeremie and Maharaj “have no moral authority to comment on this matter and their attempt to say what is expected of a good Attorney General brings to mind the saying, ‘take my advice- I didn’t use it’.”
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