More than just $12,000
I read in today’s newspaper that Attorney General Anand Ramlogan had initiated court proceedings against Opposition Leader Keith Rowley to recover the $12,000 owed to him from a court Order on January 14. I wondered why emphasis was placed on the amount which the AG is seeking to recover and not the principle that underlies this matter.
Here it is, the Opposition Leader, who promotes himself as the alternative Prime Minister and who speaks about the rule of law is in breach of an Order of the Court.
This is contempt not only against the Court but for the people who he seeks to represent. The reports went on to state that Mr. Ramlogan’s lawyers had written to Mr. Rowley’s lawyers at least on four occasions in a bid to have the sum settled since the order. Mr. Rowley’s lawyer is incidentally Senator Faris Al-Rawi, another gentleman who boasts highly of integrity in public life.
For the average reader like me, the issue is not about the sum the AG is seeking to recover. It could be $12,000 or 12 million dollars. The issue is the principle that if an Opposition Leader openly defies a ruling of a Court, what is he capable of if he attains higher political office?
And consider too, that this Opposition Leader plans to debate a motion of no confidence motion on Monday on the issue of undermining institutions of the State.