Former AG says gov’t hiring of special prosecutors unconstitutional

-warns politically-tainted selections compromise right to fair trial

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall says that the Attorney General’s Chambers’ retention of six attorneys to prosecute a number of high profile cases is unconstitutional and he is warning that the right to a fair trial will be compromised by a politically-tainted process.

“First of all, you have the violation of a constitutional and legal principle taking place…where the AG [Attorney General] is attempting to deal with prosecutions….so you have a trespass in the domain of the separation of powers doctrine,” Nandlall told Sunday Stabroek.

In July last year, the government had announced that it was awaiting advice on the feasibility of setting up a Special Prosecutors’ Office to handle high-profile cases. Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had voiced concern about the move, saying that it will be yet “another attempt to witch-hunt political opponents.”

In January this year, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) issued….

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