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Faris Al-Rawi

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is pointing fingers back at the United National Congress and their breaches of the Constitution during their time in office. The AG also defended himself against the attacks from the Opposition that it was his drafted orders that triggered the current state of affairs in which the country is without a substantive Commissioner of Police and the acting position has been nullified.

Al-Rawi held a virtual press conference earlier today, which had to be moved from his office to the studios at Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT) because of the bomb threats and alleged gunshots at the Parkade.

“Acting Commissioners of Police have been appointed without reference to the Parliament,” Al-Rawi said. The AG said the Government “welcomed” the findings of Justice Kangaloo which initially invalidated the 2009 and 2021 orders regarding the appointment of the Police Commissioner.

Kangaloo later recanted that decision and invalidated only the 2009 order, only sticking Clause 4 of the 2021 order off for being “superfluous”.”While I do not know that superfluousity is a reason to remove part of an Order, the point is the judge has said so and for practical reasons and so as to allow T&T to move on quickly, there will be no appeal to the judges order,” he said.

This despite “aspects of her judgement that are unique”.Al-Rawi also defended the 2021 order, saying that it was actually drafted by Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes. He said the next step in this unfolding saga is the “reformulation” of the 2009 order to bring it into alignment with Kangaloo’s interpretation. He called for a cessation of the “he say, she say” in relation to this matter.

Reporter: Renuka Singh