Justice Rabi Sukul to resign following his disbarment in England

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – A release from the Office of the Chancellor of the Judiciary has confirmed reports in international media that Justice Rabi Sukul, a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Guyana, was on February 3 disbarred by the Bar Council of England and Wales.

International reports say he was disbarred for intentionally misleading his client by drafting false grounds of appeal.

According to the release from the Chancellor’s Office here in Guyana, Justice Sukul applied for and was granted special leave last week “to attend to urgent personal matters in the United Kingdom.”

“Yesterday, (Friday 14th February,2014) news of the disbarment came to the attention of the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary who sought and obtained from Justice Sukul confirmation of his disbarment” the statement said.

The acting Chancellor has requested the immediate resignation of Justice Sukul who has undertaken to do so.

International media reports stated that the bar’s disciplinary tribunal in England heard that Sukul drafted a document to the Court of Appeal setting out initial grounds for an appeal against conviction on behalf of his client, L, who had been convicted of drugs-related offences.

The tribunal found he had created the document, knowing it to be false, with the intention of misleading L into believing he had grounds to appeal his conviction, when Sukul knew there were no grounds of appeal.

Sukul was called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn in July 1988.

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