Kamla chides Al Rawi on law

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Attorney General Faris Al Rawi is under renewed attack from former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Persad-Bissessar, the current Opposition Leader, has chided Al Rawi for a comment he made with respect to President Anthony Carmona’s assent of the amended Strategic Services Agency Act.

Al Rawi was quoted in the media as saying that Carmona’s assent meant “he thought it must be good law.”

But Persad-Bissessar said that essentially the President does not enjoy discretion on the matter of assenting to laws passed by Parliament.

She slammed that Al Rawi “has demonstrated that he does not understand basic constitutional law principles.”

She also pointed to Al Rawi’s earlier statement that there is no right to privacy.

Persad-Bissessar said that Al Rawi’s statement “may be a desperate attempt to hoodwink the population into believing” that there is support for the SSA law from Carmona.

She noted that “in reality, presidential assent is a constitutional formality, having nothing to do with the quality of the law passed by the Parliament.”

She said if the statement on the SSA law and “right to privacy” were “deliberate ploys to mislead and hoodwink the population, we have reason to be worried.”

If the statements were as a result of ignorance of the law by the AG, Persad-Bissessar, stated, “then we have reason to be more worried.”

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