A former counsel turned witness for embattled opposition senator, Vynnette Frederick, says nothing will come of the charges against the legislator.
“Those cases are not going anywhere in the final analysis,” Kay Bacchus-Browne, immediate past president of the Bar Association, said at a Bar Association press conference on Wednesday.
“And that is why, in all honesty, I am speaking out, because I was involved in the matter from the inception,” she said.
Nine charges relating to false declarations, swearing falsely, and fabricating evidence were laid against the senator on July 11, hours after six perjury charges against her were dismissed.
All charges stem from the contents of affidavits that Frederick submitted as part of a private criminal complaint against Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves following the December 2010 general elections.
Frederick complained that Gonsalves made comments that adversely affected her chances at the polls, contrary to the Representation of the People Act.
“All of this happened because Dr. Gonsalves, at a political meeting, made certain terrible remarks about Miss Frederick,” Bacchus-Browne said.
“And Miss Frederick had the temerity to bring him to court for them. The very same remarks they are charging her for saying, he said. That is what he said. She said what he said. She was the wronged party … in the whole issue and here we have her now being persecuted,” the lawyer further stated.
The Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision not to grant judicial review of the Director of Public Prosecution’s decision to discontinue the cases against Gonsalves.
Bacchus-Browne said that decision is on appeal to the London-based Privy Council.
“It is not final. And when this story is told and the truth is out, the whole world will see exactly what was said at that meeting. She did nothing wrong. Miss Frederick did nothing wrong,” Bacchus-Browne further said.