AG: Case against Anand set to begin

At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi says the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry in­to the wit­ness tam­per­ing case against his pre­de­ces­sor Anand Ram­lo­gan will be­gin on April 9.

The at­tor­ney gen­er­al made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al and Le­gal Af­fairs Tow­er yes­ter­day.

“I’ll be sign­ing, at the re­quest of the po­lice, a wit­ness state­ment on that mat­ter im­me­di­ate­ly af­ter this press con­fer­ence,” said Al-Rawi.

The case sur­rounds al­le­ga­tions made by Po­lice Com­plaints Au­thor­i­ty di­rec­tor David West that he was ap­proached by Ram­lo­gan to with­draw his (West) wit­ness state­ment in re­la­tion to a defama­tion case against then Op­po­si­tion Leader Kei­th Row­ley in 2014.

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith, who was the then Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty, and Ram­lo­gan, who was then At­tor­ney Gen­er­al, were both re­moved from the Cab­i­net in 2015 af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the in­ci­dent was launched by Act­ing Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Stephen Williams.

Ram­lo­gan was sub­se­quent­ly charged with mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice in 2017. Ac­cord­ing to the ob­struc­tion of jus­tice charge, Ram­lo­gan is ac­cused of us­ing threats, bribery or oth­er means to dis­suade West from giv­ing ev­i­dence con­trary to Sec­tion 11(2) (A) of the Crim­i­nal Of­fences Act.

Ram­lo­gan is out on $350,000 bail pend­ing the hear­ing of the mat­ters.

“This mat­ter caused Mr Grif­fith to be fired for telling the truth and caused Mr Ram­lo­gan to re­luc­tant­ly step down as At­tor­ney Gen­er­al,” said Al-Rawi.

How­ev­er, the an­nounce­ment of the case date came as a sur­prise to Ram­lo­gan, who said he was un­aware that his mat­ter was go­ing to the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry stage this month.

He ques­tioned the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al’s de­ci­sion to speak on the mat­ter in a pub­lic are­na and asked if he had in­side in­for­ma­tion on the case.

Ram­lo­gan said, “The man­age­ment of the mat­ter was sub­ject to an in­de­pen­dent ju­di­cial process and the AG has no right to at­tempt to in­flu­ence, prej­u­dice or in­ter­fere in the mat­ter.”

How­ev­er, the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al said dur­ing the press con­fer­ence that he was not speak­ing on be­half of the TTPS or the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions when asked about the mat­ter dur­ing the press con­fer­ence.

“I re­spect the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers,” Al-Rawi said.

Reporter: Peter Christopher

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