TT Prime Minister to break her silence on controversial legislation
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept 19, CMC – Less than 24 hours after an opposition inspired public demonstration in the capital, Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has indicated she will make a “statement” on the controversy surrounding the legislation that critics say was aimed at ensuring the fraud cases against two party financiers were dropped.
A number of organisations including the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute and the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturing Association issued separate statements Wednesday calling on Prime Minister Persad Bisessar to break her silence on the growing controversy surrounding the proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act
The government last week called an emergency session of parliament to repeal the controversial clause that had the effect of allowing people, whose trial has not started after a 10-year period to walk free and a verdict of not guilty entered against them.
In a brief statement on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Persad Bissessar said she had chosen “to remain silent on the issue of its early proclamation because a premature commentary on the matter before all information became available to me would have been injudicious.
“Since then I have been personally enquiring into the circumstances that created the situation before us today and will be issuing a full statement on the matter tomorrow, Thursday 20th September after Cabinet is concluded”.
(Details in Politics section)