Padarath: Gonzales incompetent and should not be acting as AG

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Padarath: Gonzales incompetent and should not be acting as AG

Princes Town MP Barry Padarath is against government’s decision to have Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales acting as attorney general.

The Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs announced on Thursday that Gonzales, an attorney, would act as AG while Attorney General Reginald Armour, SC, is overseas on private business.

In a statement, Padarath described this move as promoting incompetence, at a time when Gonzales is allegedly embroiled in one of the most serious attacks on TT’s national security.

He reiterated his claim that Gonzales misled the Parliament and the nation about the cyber attack at the Telecommunications Services of TT (TSTT) on October 9.

He reiterated his call for Gonzales to explain the circumstances of the termination of TSTT CEO Lisa Agard on Wednesday.

Padarath called on the government to take immediate steps to bring legislation to the Parliament in line with the Budapest Convention to protect against cyber attacks and cyber crime.

He recalled that a parliamentary joint select committee (JSC) on cyber crime was formed in 2017 and laid a report in the House of Representatives. He said government has not acted on that report to date.