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Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Faris Al-Rawi.

Desperate and completely misguided. That’s what Attorney General Faris Al Rawi is calling attempts by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar to file a Privileges Motion against him.

Responding to a press release issued by the Opposition Leader Al-Rawi said the debate on the Evidence Amendment Bill is ongoing and he is yet to answer submissions made in the debate including those made in the public domain by the Law Association and the Assembly of Southern Lawyers.
The Opposition Leader accused Al-Rawi of misleading the parliament by saying the bill had the support of the Law Association and the Assembly of Southern Lawyers.

The following is a press release from the Attorney General:

The Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs notes with great interest the desperate and completely misguided release from Mrs.

Kamla Persad Bissessar SC, Leader of the Opposition, who, instead of actually participating in the development of the laws of Trinidad and Tobago to assist in the fight against crime, now threatens that she will raise a motion in the House at its sitting tomorrow Friday February 12th 2021, that the Attorney General should be referred to the Committee of Privileges for an easily answerable and most ridiculous allegation.

It is material to note that the debate on the Evidence Amendment Bill is ongoing and that the Attorney General has yet to answer submissions made in the debate including those made in the public domain by the Law Association and the Assembly of Southern Lawyers.

Mrs. Persad Bissessar SC has had the privilege of years of experience in the Parliament and ought to know that by no stretch of the imagination can any breach of the privilege of the House arise in the circumstances as alleged by her.

The question that is now begging in Trinidad and Tobago is quite simply whether Mrs. Persad Bissessar SC has anything of value to contribute to the Evidence Amendment Bill. She has offered no comment whatsoever in relation to the law which is in issue! Mrs.

Persad Bissessar SC is urged to step up to the debate on the law in the Parliament from which she has been habitually and noticeably absent and to stop engaging in cheap political theatre in relation to an issue which is affecting and paining the most vulnerable in society who are crying out of sustenance and relief. As someone who considered herself deserving of receiving silk from herself, a more principled position on the law is expected if progress in Trinidad and Tobago is to be made.