Vincentians have been left with even more question as Attorney General Judith Jones-Morgan moves to have former registrar of the High Court Tamara Gibson-Marks barred from practicing law in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The move by the Attorney General comes even as Commissioner of Police Michael Charles is yet to receive from the Director of Audit a report on the situation at the Registry.
A well-placed source has told I-Witness News that some EC$300,000 from an account that Gibson-Marks held in trust is unaccounted for.
Marks, wife of former senator for the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), Ronald “Ronnie” Marks, resigned her position after a meeting with the Attorney General on May 21 and on that same day left for St. Lucia, where she was born.
The police chief was notified of Gibson-Marks’ resignation the following day.
Prime Minister and Minister of Legal Affairs Ralph Gonsalves has said that in addition to the police chief and Director of Auditor, other state agencies or offices may become involved according, as the investigation progresses.
Questions are being asked regarding what evidence of professional or criminal wrongdoing the Attorney General has that would cause her to move to have Gibson-Marks disbarred, even as the Auditor General’s report is yet to be submitted to the police.
Further, some citizens have questions whether the evidence that informed the Attorney General’s decision has been forwarded to police.
Commissioner of Police Michael Charles told I-Witness News this week that his office cannot act until it has received the auditor general’s report.
He further said that this does not prevent the Attorney General from acting, based on information that she might have.
Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace in his weekly radio programme on Monday noted that the Ralph Gonsalves government is yet to make a statement on the development.
“You can’t get any clear statement from anybody as to what has gone wrong. I keep calling the prime minister to make a statement to let people know what is happening here in the country. It can’t be in our best interest to remain silent. These matters have to be dealt with and dealt with speedily and effectively,” Eustace said.
“I am watching it carefully the way this Registrar’s position is being handled. I am not carried away by anything about the disbarment,” he said.
Eustace said he wants to know what led to the registrar’s resignation.
“I want to know what else is behind all this story that we are getting piece and piece and piece of. That is what I want to know. What is all behind it? Not just what would be done about it, I want to know what it is that caused it so that that can’t happen again.
“So don’t think this is something we are going to ease up on. We are going to be continuing to ask the question all the time,” Eustace said.
“What has happened that has led us into that situation where our country is once again, our name is being embarrassed. We are having the Attorney General to go to the court to have the registrar of the High Court disbarred. Just imagine that. We must be the laughing stock of other people in the region,” Eustace said.