Lo­cal Lawyer calls Hous­ing Min­is­ter’s com­ments “To­tal mad­ness!”

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

At­tor­ney-at-Law, Al­ber­ton Riche­lieu, has re­sponded to calls by Hous­ing Min­is­ter Stan­ley Felix for the DPP to re­sign, say­ing that in his thirty years of le­gal prac­tice he had never heard of any such thing.

“For the Min­is­ter to call for the DPP to re­sign I think is out­ra­geous; I think that is to­tal mad­ness,” Riche­lieu said. The well-known le­gal prac­ti­tioner was of the opin­ion that there are a lot of is­sues that should not be politi­cized.

“It is true that a politi­cian has a duty to ap­peal to his crowd, but there are cer­tain things when they are done, there is a par­tic­u­lar pro­to­col to be fol­lowed,” de­clared Riche­lieu who is the Head of the Crim­i­nal Bar Com­mit­tee of the Saint Lucia Bar As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the DPP, Vic­to­ria Charles-Clarke, has a con­sti­tu­tional po­si­tion and, in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances alone, she may be ques­tioned in a court of law.

How­ever, Riche­lieu said if Charles-Clarke is asked to do a par­tic­u­lar task and she wishes to re­port, she can do so.

Nev­er­the­less he as­serted that there is no onus on the DPP to stand up to a politi­cian or be on the ra­dio to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion in re­gard to a par­tic­u­lar re­port.

Riche­lieu said that ob­vi­ously the DPP has to re­port to some­one, and when she does the Ex­ec­u­tive, if it pleases, can go to the peo­ple and an­nounce what the DPP has de­cided.

Asked whether Felix should apol­o­gize for his com­ments, Riche­lieu said the Min­is­ter, who is him­self an At­tor­ney-at-Law, should in­di­cate that he was at fault.

“It is one thing to ap­pease po­lit­i­cal supporters but, on the other hand, what makes it worse is that Stan­ley Felix is a lawyer,” he stated.

How­ever, Hous­ing Min­is­ter Stan­ley Felix has said that he does not be­lieve he did any­thing that war­rants an apol­ogy in Wed­nes­day evening’s call for the res­ig­na­tion or re­tire­ment of Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Vic­to­ria Charles-Clarke.

Felix is­sued the call dur­ing a pub­lic meet­ing of the rul­ing Saint Lucia Labour Party on the Cas­tries mar­ket steps.

At­tor­ney Al­ber­ton Riche­lieu.

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