A former Attorney General underscores the need to allow due process to be completed before reaching conclusions concerning the corruption investigation against former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner.
Mr. Warner is on several charges including money laundering, racketeering and wire -fraud. He has been placed on $2.5 million dollars bail following his appearance in a Port- of- Spain Magistrate’s Court two weeks ago.
Speaking on the Election Hard Talk Programme hosted by veteran journalist, Tony Fraser, Tuesday afternoon, former Attorney General, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj admitted that although the issue is one that has gained strong local, regional and international attention, due process must be guaranteed.
Questioned on the Prime Minister’s statement and concern about the situation, having the potential to damage the country’s international image, Mr. Maharaj insisted that even in this context the fundamental rights of citizens should not be infringed upon.
Former Attorney General, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj
Meanwhile, former Head of the Central Authority of Trinidad and Tobago , Attorney David West, says under the provisional arrest warrant acquired by the United States for Mr. Warner, there is a 60 day timeline for the international judicial team to produce evidence they may have acquired.
Mr. West said after this period there is also additional provision for a 30 days extension.
Mr West also confirmed that there are factors that could impact whether or not the extradition of Mr Warner is granted.
Former Head of the Central Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, Attorney David West.