Director of Public Prosecution, Colin Williams has threatened to prosecute lawyers who he said has “pocketed” money belonging to the Government.
He made the disclosure during an interview on Wednesday as he questioned the motives of the Bar Association in speaking out against the July 11 arrest of opposition senator, Vynnette Frederick, a lawyer.
“There are lawyers who have pocketed money for the Government, … in transferring deeds. What is the Bar Association saying about that?
“There are lawyers again who are not paying their tax. There are lawyers who are paying less tax than the most junior lawyer in the office of the DPP. What is the Bar Association saying about that?” Williams further said.
Told that the Bar Association can in turn ask why the DPP is not prosecuting those lawyers, Williams said:
“And I will prosecute those and I will prosecute, in due course, those who have pocketed the money and have a court order saying that they must pay over to the Government its money.
“It is under investigation,” the DPP further said.
President of the Bar Association, Dr. Linton Lewis, who is also an opposition senator, said at a press conference on Wednesday that group was duty bound to speak out against the arrest of Frederick.
Frederick was arrested at a restaurant in Kingstown hours after a court dismissed six charges against her.
The Bar Association says that the arrest was illegal, a point with which the DPP disagrees.
Lewis further said the main function of the association is to ensure that its members obey the ethics of the profession.
He said that as president of the organisation he has dealt with complaints from persons about the conduct of some lawyers.
He, however, said that the association has engaged in other activities, including organising the Agnes Cato Memorial Lecture, and dinners at which attorney Bayliss Frederick and Justice Monica Joseph were honoured.