PORT OF SPAIN — Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley yesterday invited all churches, unions and the people of Trinidad and Tobago to march with him tomorrow at 1 p.m. from the Red House to President’s House against the Government’s actions with respect to Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act.
Rowley said all people, regardless of political affiliation, can come out and march and deliver a petition to the President which will outline the controversy of Section 34 and calls for the removal of the Prime Minister, Attorney General and Justice Minister. He described it as a march against injustice.
“If Trinidad and Tobago ever needed you is now, all those who believe that they can do what they want in this country and that the people are impotent and can be pushed back, I think they have crossed the line!” Rowley said.
“Today I want to call on every right-thinking citizen to push back on this Government of Trinidad and Tobago and come Tuesday at 1 o’ clock if you believe that this Government need to be responded to, meet me outside the Red House!” Rowley said.
He explained that the Government betrayed the Parliament and hatched a conspiracy for the benefit of their friends who stand accused before the courts.
He was talking about the president’s proclamation of section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act which opened an avenue for persons who stand accused of an indictable offence to apply to a judge to throw out a case if more than ten years have passed since the commission of the alleged office and if the trial has not started.
Both Houses of Parliament met last week to have Section 34 repealed.
Rowley said the Opposition had raised questions over Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act but supported the legislation because assurances were given that the act would not be proclaimed in any form or fashion until criminal procedure rules were brought to the parliament and approved, until the judiciary made all necessary preparations for the implementation of this act and until courts were constructed. (Express)