Guyanese attorney appointed special constable in Antigua

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Guyanese attorney appointed special constable in Antigua by: – January 9, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Datadin, who is representing the prime minister in a defamation lawsuit brought by Bird (pictured above), has denied any conflict of interestST JOHN’S, Antigua- Guyanese attorney Sanjeev Datadin has been appointed as a special constable to assist with investigations into the US$14 million dollar Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co Ltd (IHI) case and other fraud-related matters.His appointment on Tuesday was only made public yesterday.Former Prime Minister Lester Bird and one-time Finance Minister Asot Michael – both senior members of the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) – are among those linked to the 1990s scheme under which the funds, earmarked for loan repayment to the Japan-based IHI, were said to have been misappropriated.The appointment has been denounced by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, a legal advisor to ALP members.“What they are intending to do is to subvert the position of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions), seek to have a lawyer dressed up in the court as a constable with the powers of arrest, which strikes me as a fundamental conflict between a person who should be independently and impartially reviewing the evidence to decide whether an arrest should be made,” he contended.Datadin, who is representing the prime minister in a defamation lawsuit brought by Bird, has denied any conflict of interest.“I am no part of the government of Antigua nor have I represented the government of Antigua,” he said.“Attorneys are retained to do a job, and if you are retained to do a job, then you do your job. The only conflict that you would have and the only conflict you should not cross is (that) you can’t do a job for a person on one hand while working against them on the other.”He explained being “extremely disappointed that members of the ALP and their advisors have chosen to characterise my assistance to the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda as political rather than to acknowledge that matters of possible serious commercial fraud which may have taken from and diminished the opportunities of the Antiguan & Barbudan people is being resolved.” Caribbean 360 Newslast_img

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