Su­ri­na­me­se Bar As­so­ci­a­ti­on wants cla­ri­ty from Van Dijk-Si­los

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The Su­ri­na­me­se Bar As­so­ci­a­ti­on on Wed­nes­day an­noun­ced that it would send a let­ter to Jus­ti­ce and Po­li­ce Mi­nis­ter Jen­ni­fer van DijkSi­los. The pre­si­dent of the Bar As­so­ci­a­ti­on, Ha­rish Mono­rath, told Ti­mes of Su­ri­na­me that the mi­nis­ter must of­fi­ci­al­ly in­form the as­so­ci­a­ti­on of the new lo­ca­ti­ons whe­re tri­als will be held. He poin­ted out on Wed­nes­day that the Bar As­so­ci­a­ti­on has not re­cei­ved any of­fi­ci­al word yet from the mi­nis­ter. That is why the Bar As­so­ci­a­ti­on will send a let­ter to the mi­nis­ter. Mono­rath poin­ted out that the mem­bers of the Bar As­so­ci­a­ti­on, their clients and their clients’ re­la­ti­ves are li­ving in un­cer­tain­ty. He ex­plai­ned that the de­fen­se at­tor­neys ha­ve not been for­mal­ly in­for­med of the new lo­ca­ti­ons whe­re tri­als will be held and when the tri­als will ta­ke. The pre­si­dent of the Bar As­so­ci­a­ti­on poin­ted out that he won­de­red if the clerks of the court had al­rea­dy en­ded their stri­ke. He ma­de it clear that the mi­nis­ter is obli­ga­ted to in­form him that tri­als will be held in the old court buil­ding lo­ca­ted along the Hen­ck Ar­ron­straat and the buil­ding lo­ca­ted along the Ta­ma­rin­de­laan. He dis­trinct­ly re­mem­bers that the buil­dings had not pas­sed in­spec­ti­on at that ti­me. “We want to know what kind of me­a­su­res ha­ve been ta­ken by the mi­ni­stry be­cau­se the ju­di­ci­a­ry and the Court of Jus­ti­ce are not in char­ge of the main­tenan­ce of the­se buil­dings.The mi­nis­ter should ha­ve in­for­med us herself. We are not fa­mi­liar with the sta­te de­cree that the mi­nis­ter is tal­king about. When it co­mes to the lo­ca­ti­on and ti­me of tri­als the­re must be cer­tain­ty in the con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal sta­te. The­re is prac­ti­cally no com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on bet­ween the Su­ri­na­me­se Bar As­so­ci­a­ti­on and the mi­nis­ter. I sin­ce­re­ly ho­pe that things will chan­ge.”

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