Political powers out to ‘crush’ DPP Gaspard says Panday

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Political powers out to ‘crush’ DPP Gaspard says Panday

Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday is of the view that the political powers are trying to “crush” Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard.

He made the comment to reporters while attending the cocktail reception in honor of our new President Christine Kangaloo at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) yesterday.

Panday told media, “There is obviously pressure being put upon him, I believe the political powers can crush him and probably will crush him.”

Panday claimed that Dr Rowley felt empowered to go after an independent office such as the DPP on a political platform because the Constitution offers little protection from interference.

“He can do so because there is no separation of powers, which is my point. He should not be able to do that and he would not be able to do that if there wasn’t a separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary,” he said.

Panday noted: “When we adopted the British Constitution what we tried to do was to plant apples in the cane field. It does not apply. What I’m trying to say is that the Constitution we inherited is irrelevant to our progress.”

“I don’t think anybody can accuse the DPP of corruption. It has to do with buildings, it has to do with staff,” Panday said.

He urged the country to take note of how Gaspard had been targeted.