It is not very often that we have the lead attorney in several recent legal matters; having lost all the cases that he contested regarding the cricket board being rewarded with the prestigious position of Attorney General, albeit, a junior counsel, as well as he should be. I guess a promise is a promise as I am told that he conducted all these cricket cases pro bono much to the chagrin of the other partners in his Firm who are left to just being frustrated and disillusioned with absolutely no reward for their efforts.
I note his zest and exuberance that he is displaying in his job by addressing several controversial issues in the letter pages of the media and urge him to treat the captioned subject as a matter of priority and with similar zeal. Firstly, he scolded someone on the authority of the President regarding his power to appoint the Solicitor General, then he proceeded to lambast the SN, I think it was, for suggesting the removal of the Commissioner of Police by the President using article 225 of our constitution. I think his advises in these two letters may be spot on, but not being a legal person is subject to correction.
The Honorable AG has been at the forefront of the Government’s thrust with their plans for the IMC. Several Ministers and other members of the Government have been peddling gross misinformation in the media as the basis for their illegal action.
It is incumbent on the legal adviser to the Government to advise the Government adequately as they risk making a fool out of themselves. Firstly, the AG needs to address this issue of the substance and content of the Order itself and also to comment on whether it is appropriate for him to be the lead person in this charge by the Government having been integrally involved in all these cricket matters immediately prior to his appointment.
The AG needs to tread carefully here lest the public thinks that he has an axe to grind here for Bissoondyal Singh. I note Freddie Kissoon has also been at pains in a few letters to the media trying to differentiate between the substance of the CJ’s three- page Order as against his ramblings/opinion that were made prior to dismissing this action as misconceived.
It is rather hypocritical of the Government through their governance adviser, Gail Texeira, trying to scold or intimidate the attorney for the WICB for speaking to the media about the discussions being held whilst at the same time she has been doing exactly the same thing in her article in the KN of Jan 12th captioned.. ‘Teixeira says role of IMC key point among cricket discussions’. Other ill-advised persons, such as Ron Legall et al, keep mouthing the same misinformation. The public deserves a higher level of competence from the legal adviser to our country’s leaders. I note that the legal adviser to the Caricom Secretariat did not agree with the legal interpretation of the said Order by the Government as she obviously read both the Order and the opinion and can easily separate the difference.
I urge the AG to make the Order of the CJ available to the media and clearly advise his fellow Ministers and colleagues in Government and the public at large the difference between an Order and the opinion of the CJ.
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