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AG shocked by brazen slaying of Seetahal

T&T has lost a legal titan
Published: 
Monday, May 5, 2014
Some of Dana Seetahal SC’s family and colleagues chat at the scene of her killing in Woodbrook, yesterday. Photo: ROBERTO CODALLO

A titan, a giant among men. This was how Attorney General Anand Ramlogan described slain legal luminary Dana Seetahal SC yesterday. Expressing his shock at the brazen murder, Ramlogan said in a statement, “Her carefree nature was matched by her sense of patriotism. She was a public-spirited lawyer who served her country in many different capacities, including assistant solicitor general, lecturer, magistrate, prosecutor, independent senator, president of the Law Association, newspaper columnist and author.”

 

 

Ramlogan said Seetahal was truly unbiased and had an independent voice that helped shape public opinion. “The wisdom of her counsel provided guidance to the nation on critical issues. Dana had a piercing intellect and a wonderful sense of humour. 

 

 

“She was an excellent advocate in the courts and the consummate professional who was never afraid of hard work. She was married to her work and dedicated her entire life to the legal profession. Her pragmatic approach to life was reflected in her newspaper columns, where she was able to simplify complex legal matters so that the average man could understand the issues.” Ramlogan said he had lost “a dear friend and colleague.”

 

He said he last spoke to Seetahal about her column in the Saturday Express. (Seetahal was also a former T&T Guardian columnist). “It provided support for me in the present controversy over the letter from the solicitor general. She was one of the few who came out in my defence and supported my position. “It is a powerful reminder of the strength of her independence, as she was not afraid to voice her opinion even if it meant swimming against the tide—she stood up for her beliefs,” the AG added.

 

He said despite opposing opinions at times, their mutual respect and friendship were always maintained. Ramlogan said the Office of the Attorney General had also lost critical support with Seetahal’s killing, as she assisted him with important and sensitive work on a number of legislative measures to help with the fight against crime and improve the administration of justice. 

 

“She was instrumental in the new law to abolish preliminary inquiries and changes to the DNA Act. Last week, she helped us organise a workshop on plea bargaining with experts from the United States,” he said. “Her death will leave a void in society and the legal profession. These are big shoes to fill. She was one of a kind.” On why he believed someone wanted Seetahal dead, Ramlogan said he preferred not to speculate. “I am so shocked about this tragedy that I haven’t even begun to think that far,” Ramlogan said.