Israel Khan

Senior Counsel Israel Khan

The information in the public domain, if correct, tells us there is a very serious split in the Police Service Commission (PolSC) on the following issue:

(i) The recruitment of former ustice John to carry out an investigation as to whether police officers received bribes in order to facilitate the granting of Firearm User’s Licences (FULs);

(ii) The sending of Gary Griffith on leave during or pending said investigation.

It appears that three commissioners were not in agreement with these issues, and have publicly spoken out.

It is now incumbent upon the chairman, Bliss Seepersad, to either report these commissioners to the President, who appointed the members of the commission, or she herself must tender her resignation to the President if there is any semblance of truth that she did not have majority support from the commission in selecting Stanley John to conduct the said investigation, or to direct the acting commissioners to go on leave pending the said investigation.

I say to Bliss Seepersad—do not cling to power and ­status as chairman of the PolSC and thus allow what is left of your ­character/integrity to be ­completely destroyed.

I now call upon the Government to establish a commission of enquiry into the entire circumstances surrounding the re-appointment of former commissioner of police Gary Griffith as acting commissioner of police and then sending him on leave pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of corruption by senior members of TTPS vis-à-vis the granting of firearm user’s licences.

It should be also noted that prominent scholar and jurist Rolston Nelson SC was mandated to give a legal opinion on the re-appointment of Gary Griffith as acting commissioner: his legal opinion was that the PolSC acted illegally by making him acting commissioner of police.


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I don’t know if it has yet dawned on Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her colleagues in the Opposition United National Congress that their ill-conceived motion in Parliament, which sought to trigger the impeachment of the President of the Republic, has backfired so badly that it seems set to terminate Persad-Bissessar’s political career, and possibly eliminate the UNC as a political force in the country.

I have repeatedly described the country’s Constitution as “deformed”. It ensures no true accountability to the people, renders the Parliament supine to the Cabinet and makes the nation vulnerable to the excessive power and influence of the Prime Minister.

Many readers will recall the political controversies in which President Anthony Carmona, the immediate predecessor of our current President, was involved arising out of the purported exercise of powers that he thought he had.

As a result, citizens hoped that the presidency would return to calmer waters, not made turbulent by involvement of the office of President in the agendas of the politicians.

The issue of the Speaker’s guidelines has nothing to do with the UNC or PNM governments, but rather the upholding of the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Rule of Law.

What transpired in the Parliament on Thursday is a grave, deliberate and malicious attack on the Constitution and a blatant disregard for the Rule of Law.

For years the population thought July 27, 1990, was the darkest day in the history of Trinidad and Tobago, when armed insurrectionists stormed the hallowed halls of Parliament.

On that day some 31 years ago, parliamentarians who were trapped in the Red House cringed in horror that at any moment their lives could be snuffed out by a bunch of gun-toting brigands.