President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Carmona has described former President and Prime Minister ANR Robinson as a distinguished lawyer and unwavering patriot who believed that the people of Trinidad and Tobago possessed the innate talents and skills to make this country a model nation.
He said that Mr Robinson was part of the march from colonialism to self-government, to independence and then republicanism.
He also stated that whatever difficulties the nation experienced His Excellency Mr Robinson never lost faith in its ability to overcome any obstacle which threatened democracy and respect for the rule of law.
On a personal level he said he witnessed the conviction and contribution of this titan on the international plane when he took the political initiative to call upon the international community to establish a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring to justice those accused of committing atrocities, such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression, and international drug trafficking, which has not been included as a crime under the jurisdiction of ICC to date.
He revealed that Mr. Robinson continued to press for drug trafficking to be under the jurisdiction of the ICC because of the scourge it continues to inflict on all nations.
He further stated that he was honored to have worked with His Excellency Mr Robinson whose counsel and influence made him a better prosecutor and judge.