PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Sunday February 1, CMC – Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams has ordered an investigation into allegations against Attorney General Anand Ramlogan by the Director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) David West.
A release from the Police Service said West visited Williams at the Police Administration Building and presented him with a signed statement making an allegation of ‘an attempt to pervert the course of justice’ against AG Anand Ramlogan.
The investigation will be led by Deputy Commissioner of Police – Operations, Harold Phillip.
In a statement on Thursday West said since his appointment as the PCS director on November 7 last year “ the Honourable Attorney General had asked me to withdraw a witness statement which I had made on behalf of Dr. Keith Rowley”.
The Sunday Express newspaper reported that Ramlogan had refused to confirm or deny an allegation that six days before West was appointed PCA director, he asked him to withdraw his witness statement in a defamation lawsuit relating to the failed extradition involving Section 34 applicants Steve Ferguson and Ishwar Galbaransingh in exchange for him being selected for the job.
The defamation lawsuit stemmed from statements Ramlogan claimed Rowley made during a news conference on November 8, 2011, relating to Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh’s ruling in which he quashed the Attorney General’s decision to order the extradition of Ferguson and Galbaransingh, arising out of the Piarco International Airport enquiry.
The newspaper reported that Ramlogan had made telephone calls to West on the issue, noting that following one of those calls “West sought legal advice about the request for the witness statement in the defamation matter to be withdrawn”.
West said that the newspaper report contained allegations against Ramlogan on which he was asked to provide a comment by the newspaper.
In his statement on Sunday, Ramlogan said while he was and remained reluctant to comment on a matter in which he is the claimant that is awaiting trial before the High Court “I was only aware that Mr. West had filed a witness statement in this case when it was served on my attorneys on December 22nd, 2014. The said witness statement had in fact been filed in court a mere two days before.
“It is impossible for me to have asked Mr. West on October 31, 2014 to withdraw a witness statement which only came into existence almost two months later. I could not have possibly asked Mr. West to not give evidence against me in favour of Dr. Rowley’s defence in exchange for him being appointed chairman of the PCA as this appointment is made by the president of the country and not the AG,” he added.