Police Commissioner Gary Griffith continues to blame lawyers for doing their jobs.

In every criminal matter in court there is a prosecutor who may be a police prosecutor or an attorney from the Director of Public Prosecutions’ office. It is the duty of the defence attorney to protect his client even if his client may be guilty. It is the prosecutor’s duty to present a proper case to the court.

It is a fair system guided by laws and decided cases.

If criminals succeed in court and are freed it might be because the prosecutors have not proven their cases beyond reasonable doubt. It is wrong for the commissioner to blame defence attorneys for their legal successes.

It is possible that cases fail to meet their burden of proof in court because of the insufficient evidence collected, analysed and presented to the court by the police. Perhaps some investigating police officers deliberately falsify evidence or give evidence calculated to free the accused.

I therefore call upon the commissioner to hold a seminar within the Police Service to hear first hand all the tactics used by the police to get accused persons off the hook in court and during investigations.

He has no evidence to prove that lawyers encourage crime or criminals and must stop making sensational and ludicrous statements to make lawyers look bad in the eyes of the public.

Ramesh Persad-Maharaj



Potholes on public roadways remain irrefutable signs of life in Trinidad and Tobago today.

There are apparently no clear solutions to these perennial problems. As road users, a weary population has essentially given up hope of solutions being proposed, much less implemented. On major roadways, equally as on minor roads, in built-up areas to the same extent as in villages and communities in rural districts, dilapidation is a fact of life. Often, generations of nationals go through this lived reality of bad roads and their deleterious effects on life in these areas.

Some years ago, a man was complaining to me about his wife of 25 years. The issues were not major; mainly the daily irritants that occur when people share space. But then, just like that, he said something that jolted me.

When Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s global legate, comes on his two-day State visit to Jamaica next week, he must be made aware that Jamaica won’t be quiescent about the often irrational behaviours of the US president, too many of which threaten to wreck a global order in which small states, like this one, are reasonably assured of protection against the arbitrary actions of powerful ones.

Sedition law is not about colonialism or gagging democratic expression. It is to do with controlling things that could lead to insurrection or mass disorder via speech and acts.

This is a lawless, bacchanalian society that is forever giving the hypocritical, self-righteous impression that we are holier than thou, making as if we walk on egg shells while ignoring that we are tiptoeing through the minefield that is life—our Trini life.

I read with alarm that Colm Imbert, the Minister of Finance, wants to make further amendments to the nation’s procurement legislation.