LAW ASSOCIATION: “LEAVE ANAND ALONE”

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The Law Association would like members of the public, including politicians, to refrain from commenting on the detention of former Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan.

The Law Association has also criticized two politicians for expressing an opinion on  Ramlogan’s detention.

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, the Law Association reminded the public of the importance of the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

It added, “This principle applies as much to the former attorney general, Mr Anand Ramlogan SC. We therefore caution members of the public to reserve comment until after the court of law has pronounced”.

The Law Association has express concerned about comments made by two practicing politicians who the association said described the detention of Ramlogan as a ploy to distract away from the escalating murder rate, the inter-island ferry issue and the revocation of the appointment of Roger Le Hunte.

The association added, “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.”

The Association added: “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 politician the issue”.

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