Santokhi looks forward to verdicts in Dec 8 and recall case
The judiciary is scheduled to announce a verdict in the recall case and the December 8 trial this week. Chandrikapersad Santokhi, chairman of the Progressive Reform Party (VHP) is looking forward to the verdicts in these trials that would have a heavy political impact.
Several months ago the opposition parties VHP, Pertjajah Luhur (PL) and the National Party Suriname (NPS) filed a lawsuit aimed at getting parliament to comply with the recall of two legislators by the PL. MP Santokhi told Times of Suriname that the VHP has discussed the recall issue internally and with the chairmen of the NPS and the PL. He pointed out that the opposition parties have noticed that it is the first time that a judge has deviated from existing rules and procedures. “The opposing party has been given more time to take legal action and present more aspects. This is against existing rules and agreements. We have monitored this with much concern. I do not hope that this attitude of the judiciary has anything to do with some influence. We have not had that with the previous 8 verdicts,” said MP Santokhi who added that he hopes that the judiciary will also remain professional this time. “We know that politicians are utilizing heavy pressure to keep the two MPs in the coalition and to prevent people and institutes whose actions are against the rule of law from having to pay damages”, said MP Santokhi who added that he hoped that the judge would not refer to the amended Recall Act when reaching a verdict. MP Santokhi also hopes that the judiciary will remain professional and independent when announcing a verdict in the December 8 trial. He pointed out that judges must be able to announce a verdict without fear. President Desi Bouterse had issued a resolution aimed at stopping prosecution in the December 8 trial. The attorney general had also received a copy of the resolution. The leader of the opposition made it clear that this is not the only document in the dossier because the order of the Court of Justice to prosecute is also in it.