Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock stands by his original team of lawyers despite one of his lead attorneys reportedly being arrested on suspicion of criminal conduct.
Willock made this clear via a statement released through the House of Assembly shortly after the reports on Wednesday. The attorney in question is Anand Ramlogan.
Ramlogan, who is part of Veritas Law, is representing Willock in the ongoing case against Fourth District representative-elect, Mark Vanterpool.
The statement said: “The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Julian Willock has reaffirmed his full confidence in Veritas Law, headed by Mr Valston M Graham and that value for money is still being achieved — one of the objectives of the new government. The issue surrounding one of the lawyers involved in the case, as reported by the media both locally and regionally on May 1, 2019, has also been noted.”
When BVI News contacted Willock for further comment, he declined to entertain a single question and said he was otherwise occupied.
“We sent out a statement on that matter. So confirm that you got the statement. I’m in a meeting right now,” the Speaker told our news centre.
BVI News also reached out Vanterpool but he too declined to comment on the matter.
According to Trinidadian news media, Willock’s attorney was arrested at Piarco airport in the twin-island republic Wednesday morning while boarding a flight to the BVI.
Ramlogan was supposed to be present to represent Willock Thursday, as Justice Ann-Marie Smith rules on whether Vanterpool will be sworn-in as the Fourth District Representative.
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