Sunday 20 October, 2019

Rowley hits out at Law Association over Chief Justice matter

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley delivers the feature address at the Diego Martin West Constituency’s 46th Annual Conference on July 28, 2019. Photo via Facebook, Dr Keith Rowley.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley delivers the feature address at the Diego Martin West Constituency’s 46th Annual Conference on July 28, 2019. Photo via Facebook, Dr Keith Rowley.

The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) is being accused of political bias in the Chief Justice matter.

The accusation comes from Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.

Speaking at the Diego Martin West Constituency’s Annual Conference on Sunday, Rowley said that the Office of the Prime Minister is now being brought into disrepute because it failed to carry out the instructions of the Law Association to impeach the Chief Justice.

The Prime Minister said he will continue to ‘ignore’ calls to do so.

“And of course the Office of the Prime Minister is being brought into disrepute because the Prime Minister did not carry out the instructions of the Law Association to impeach the Chief Justice. That is not the new society that we build. The new society that we are trying to build is one that will have a Law Association that will know it ought not to be at the behest and the call of the coming and going of a corrupt party.

The society that we are trying to build is not one where the legal fraternity is not where a handful of people with serious political agenda could call a meeting of the Law Association. This one bring 20 party members, that one bring 10 and out of 4000 members thereabout, 150 vote to remove the Chief Justice.”

He also accused the Law Association of staying silent on certain issues including the arrest of former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and former UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen.

This, as the Prime Minister defended his decision to not commence impeachment proceedings against the Chief Justice, noting that he received legal advice on the matter.

“And that is the Law Association, which is today telling me they want to examine the opinion of the English man and that it will cast aspersion on it and that the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has acted improperly because I did not carry their instructions. Ladies and gentlemen, I work for all of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

I don’t work for the Law Association. They have absolutely nothing to do when there is wrongdoing in their ranks but they want to come and tell the executive what to do when you act properly, openly and transparently,” the Prime Minister told his constituents.

Rowley questioned whether the Association had an issue with the Chief Justice’s lifestyle.

“But they have a problem which formed no part of the evidence put before me or my advising lawyer and it is this, all of them who you see carrying on with this story about the Chief Justice. They have a problem with the Chief Justice’s lifestyle, it was never recorded and presented to me. But they wanted to use me as Prime Minister to carry out their private and secret talks. I am not involved in that,” he said.

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