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