Government and Opposition spar over censure motion
By Peter Richards PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 26, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government signalled its intention to close ranks and defend the embattled Attorney General Anand Ramlogan from an opposition inspired motion of censure, by predicting it would “fail miserably” and was “ill conceived as well as null and void”.
Leader of Government Business, Dr. Roodal Moonilal, told Parliament on Friday that the motion filed by Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley against the attorney general for his role in the early proclamation of Section 34 of the controversial Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act, “was loud in condemnation but soft in specifics.
“What are the charges. What are the merits in there (motion) that today is the last working day of the attorney general,” asked Moonilal in his presentation and prompted by government legislators including Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.
Parliament last month repealed the controversial clause that had the effect of allowing people, whose trial has not started after a 10-year period to walk free and a verdict of not guilty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.
Critics, including the main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM), say that it 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)