San­tok­hi looks for­ward to ver­dicts in Dec 8 and re­call ca­se

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

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.

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