An open letter to the Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith:

It appears that one Kate Mc Mahan of the UK firm Edmonds and Marshall Mc Mahon (EMM) is advising the Commissioner of Police to circumvent the input and advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in order to obtain search warrants to search the premises of Dr Roodal Moonilal before the date of the general election.

Mr Commissioner some 39 years ago the Privy council via Thomas V AG of Trinidad and Tobago 32 WIR 375 Lord Diplock warned us that the armed police force with the potentiality for harassment that such a force posses would be converted into what in effect might function as private army of the political party that is in government.

Lord Diplock stated that the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago insulates members of the Police Service from political influence exercised directly upon them by the government of the day.

Thus it should be noted that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is the principal public prosecution authority for T&T and prosecution means all aspects of a criminal prosecution and includes pre-charge advice, the decision to prosecute, the decision of proceedings, ancillary to a prosecution.

The prosecutor and police and other investigators (see Code of Conduct for prosecutors March 2012).

The functions of the DPP and the police and other investigators are separate and distinct. The DPP decides if a prosecution should be pursued and if so, on what terms.

The DPP acts independently of those responsible for the investigation, while the DPP may consider the views of the investigator where appropriate, in the end it is the responsibility of the DPP to decide whether or not to proceed.

I respectfully wish to point out to the Commissioner of Police that you must recognise under the doctrine of the separation of powers that the DPP remains solely responsible for the taking of all prosecutorial decisions and the police remain solely responsible for the conduct of investigations.

Ms McMahon was paid by the Government via the Office of the Commissioner of Police and in order to justify that fee and renewal of their private contract has usurped the function of the Office of the DPP and is now openly telling you not to seek the advice of the DPP in order to obtain search warrants and even warrants of arrest.

Lastly, reasonable grounds to suspect criminal behaviour is not prima facie evidence to issue warrants of arrest for the suspected commission of the criminal offence.

Israel B Rajah-Khan SC

via e-mail


Official recognition of the historical importance of the location where the Treasury Building now stands is long overdue. As the place that marks the spot where British Governor Sir George Fitzgerald Hill publicly read out the Proclamation of Emancipation on August 1, 1834, the site is of immeasurable significance to the history of Trinidad and Tobago.

WE celebrated Emancipation Day on August 1, but to my mind, we have not yet fully grasped the broader concept of freedom. In other words we have not, through our education system, formulated a critical pedagogy across our curricula; to foster a knowledge of self, to move beyond who we are, to transform the what- and how, to break with debilitating norms and to name our world. Inherent in all of this is the development of critical thinking skills in the learner and the learning culture.

IN the early 1970s, the Mighty Composer (Fred Mitchell) composed and sang a calypso entitled “Black Fallacy” in which he showed that many persons today and “from since in the Beginning” continue to use the word “black with a degrading twist,” to denote racism, prejudice and bigotry in their dealings with Africans and African descendants.

AS a civic-minded citizen, one piece of legislation I would like to see passed in the Parliament is one that regulates the conduct of political parties and their supporters during an election.

The insistence of the ruling party to hold the general election on August 10 in the midst of a new or second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic leaves many raised eyebrows and even more questions. Since many restrictions or “protocols” have been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus or “flatten the curve” of infections, two pertinent issues must be questioned here

I remember my deceased uncle telling me that, in the early 1960s, it was the people and religious leaders who went to Dr Eric Williams to persuade him to put the name of God into our Constitution.