Thrown to the wolves
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept 22, CMC - Former justice minister Herbert Volney said he had been “thrown to the wolves” by Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar when she announced his dismissal on television on Thursday night.
In a nationwide broadcast, Persad Bissessar said that she was dismissing the former High Court judge because he had misled the Cabinet when he said that the Chief Justice Ivor Archie and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Roger Gaspard had supported the idea of the early 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.
Critics say that the clause was aimed at supporting businessmen Ish Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson, who have been described as financiers of the ruling United National Congress (UNC), the biggest partner in the four-member coalition People’s Partnership government.
(Details in Politics section)