Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said the Evidence Bill is “sorely needed to address legal issues currently before the courts and under investigation.”
In an interview with the Newsday, he admitted that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard wants the Evidence (Amendment) Bill 2020 to be used quickly to pursue white collar criminals.
The AG said “Those are for .. the massive white-collar crime cases, which if you didn’t amend the law would take you 20 years to admit the evidence to court.”
The AG said the DPP had praised the bill’s provision for the admissibility of computer evidence. The AG said this was crucial in the complex white-collar Clico and Piarco inquires.
He told the media house that past changes to the law had facilitated long-distance testimony as occurred in the judge-only trial in the Sean Luke murder last Friday.