Duprey's lawyer questions appropriateness of Minister Young handling report of Clico Commission of Enquiry

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 20:00

An attorney-at-law representing former Clico Chairman, Lawrence Duprey has written to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, questioning the appropriateness of Minister Stuart Young being responsible for addressing all aspects of the Commission of Enquiry's report into Clico.

Attorney Lionel Michael Luckhoo points out that Young had appeared as counsel of Ernst and Young during Commission's hearings.

The following is the letter sent to the Attorney General:

"I write on behalf of my client Lawrence Duprey further to the media reportage that followed your news conference on or about 19 June 2016, more particularly with regard to the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday story 20 June 2016 entitled "AG steps down from the Clico matter" ["the Article"]. A copy of the Article is attached hereto for your ease of reference.

I note the contents of the Article and the comments ascribed to you with regard to recusing yourself from managing any aspect of the Report emanating from the Commission of Enquiry at caption. I am respectfully in complete agreement with those comments concerning your position, particularly where you note "1 am very concerned that justice must not only be done but must appear to be done".

However, I note also that the Article states that "Al-Rawi yesterday confirmed that all aspects of the Report have, instead, been handed to Stuart Young, a Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs as well as Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister".

I wonder if it is appropriate for the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs to be asked to play the above-referenced role, his having appeared as Counsel for Ernst and Young Services Limited in the said Commission of Enquiry from, I believe, Directions Hearing Day 1 on 6 April 2011.

One wishes to put on record the respectful understanding, as advised by Counsel, that the appearance of justice would militate against the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P accepting the role of handling all aspects of the Report."

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