Saturday, June 23, 2007

Prez slams ‘disrespectful’ letter

Saturday, June 23 2007


PRESIDENT George Maxwell Richards has taken offence at a letter sent to him from an attorney acting on behalf of the Opposition UNC. President Richards called the UNC attorney’s letter “disrespectful in the extreme and also factually incorrect.”


On Thursday, attorney Cindy Bhagwandeen wrote to the President asking for “clarification” as to his decision to suspend Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma, given the fact that to date, no Secretariat has been appointed to the Tribunal constituted on May 18, to investigate claims of misconduct on the part of the Chief Justice.



The letter asked the President – who is immune from court inquiries under Section 80 of the Constitution – to specify the exact date of the appointment of the individual members of the Tribunal; the proposed date for the appointment of a Secretariat; the proposed date for the start of hearings; details as to whether the hearing will be in camera or open to the public and where the proposed hearings will take place.



The letter also suggested that the President’s decision to suspend Sharma may have been unconstitutional and gave President Richards a 36-hour deadline in which to respond. Through a letter sent via Private Secretary Jacqueline Serrette, President Richards replied saying, “the contents and tone of your letters are disrespectful in the extreme and also factually incorrect in certain respects.” He nonetheless gave the undertaking to respond to the queries “out of courtesy.”



President George Max "not fuckin Well" Richards haul yuh stinkin PNM mudder cont!



You and all yuh cock sucking PNM pardners feel Trinidad is all yuh own and could do what all yuh wa!

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