Law Association hits politicians for 'politicising' Ramlogan arrest

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 11:00

The Law Association has chided politicians for attempting to turn the arrest of former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan into a political issue.

The Association has issued a statement saying that doing so undermines public confidence in the administration of justice.

The following is the Law Association's statement:

"The Law Association once again reminds the public of the importance of the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This principle applies just as much to the former Attorney General, Mr Anand Ramlogan SC.

We therefore caution members of the public to reserve comment until after a court of law has pronounced.

We take the opportunity as well to express concern about comments made by two practising politicians who described the detention of Mr Ramlogan as a ploy to distract attention away from the escalating murder rate, the Tobago ferry 'fiasco', and the revocation of the appointment of the Minister of Public Works.

Such accusations call into question the independence of the police service and the Director of Public Prosecutions and undermine public confidence in the administration of justice.

If it is the experience of those who operate within the corridors of power that the DPP and the police are susceptible to political influence, then the proper and constructive approach is to propose reforms which would insulate law enforcement officers from such interference in the exercise of their powers.

We caution all concerned against using these events to inflame political passions.

In that regard, seeking out the opinion of politicians, including the Prime Minister, on an ongoing criminal investigation can only serve, unhelpfully, to politicise the issue."