DPP: Piarco corruption case was an “anomaly”

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DPP: Piarco corruption case was an “anomaly”

Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, has defended his decision to discontinue the corruption case against several persons, including former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday, arising out of the airport scandal.

While many have criticized him and the justice system, Gaspard told News Power Now that this matter was an anomaly regarding the length of time it has taken to progress.

He revealed that he has never been involved in a matter with so many legal applications which would have caused it to stutter through the courts.

The DPP also dismissed Mr Raymond’s claim that the matter should have been heard as a matter of public interest.

He explained that according to the two-tiered system used to prosecute crimes under common law, the public interest cannot be considered if there is no realistic prospect of a conviction.