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Monday 22 January 2018
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Devant: Anand is a distraction

Devant Maharaj

Former minister Devant Maharaj claimed Tuesday's arrest of former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan was an attempt by Government to distract public attention away from problems with the appointment of Robert Le Hunte as Public Utilities minister and the domestic seabridge.

In a statement, Maharaj also claimed his former Cabinet colleague's arrest reflected a strategy of political bias employed by the ruling People's National Movement (PNM).

He alleged that because of the Government's "unambiguous and ubiquitous incompetence," a distraction was much needed. Maharaj said Ramlogan's arrest provided the perfect opportunity for the PNM to change the national conversation. Noting that Ramlogan's attorneys said he indicated he was always available to the police to be questioned, Maharaj questioned why was it necessary for the police to seemingly treat the former attorney general like "a fugitive from justice."

Maharaj asked, "Why then all the drama ? Why now ?"

He recalled that no action was ever taken by the Integrity Commission with respect to any of the complaints he had made over the years to that body. However, Maharaj said Ramlogan's detention suggests, "there is one law for the PNM in TT and another law for the rest of the country."

On Tuesday, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi distanced himself from Ramlogan's arrest. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, on the same day, also declined to comment on the matter.

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