New Justice Minister named
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has sacked her Justice Minister, Herbert Volney, following what have been described as ‘serious misrepresentations’ to the Cabinet and appointed an outsider as the new Justice Minister.
The justice minister reportedly informed the Cabinet that the Chief Justice and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had approved the proclamation of a new law which would introduce a ten year limit on alleged crimes. The relevant section, section 34, would mean that up to a dozen people would be exempted from charges of corruption including two prominent businessmen.
The new law has caused outrage in the country and subsequently Section 34 has been repealed by parliament. Nevertheless the prime minister was forced to apologise to the country in a televised broadcast and considerable reputational damage has been done to the government.
Christlyn Moore has been named as the new Minister of Justice.
Christlyn Moore is an attorney from Tobago and was one of a three member committee set up by the prime minister to look at self-government for Tobago. She will be sworn in as a Senator today and will then take up her new appointment.