Law Assoc. raises concern with the National Security Minister’s remarks on the Venezuelans deportation court matter

Law Assoc. raises concern with the National Security Minister’s remarks on the Venezuelans deportation court matter

The Law Association has expressed concern over a few aspects of the media conference held by the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young last week, where he questioned the role played by lawyers in recent court proceedings seeking to prevent the deportation of Venezuelan migrants, his criticism of the Court for not applying the law but “the policy that it wants”, and his lament about the “upsurge in Habeas Corpus proceedings” the use of which he described as “very dangerous”.

The Law Association, in a media release this evening, said “the Courts are bound to uphold all of the laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and to hear and determine all applications brought before the Court.”

The Association also said the “attorneys-at-law are duty bound to represent their clients fearlessly in order to ensure that the law is followed and the State is held to account.”

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“The pandemic poses a danger to all of us, but the fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution to all who happen to be on our shores, including especially the rights of the child, the Independence of the Judiciary and the rule of law must not be disregarded even in these trying times.”

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