By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – President David Granger’s plans to pardon eleven women in time for the holidays is not sitting well with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP).
Party General Secretary, Clement Rohee at a press conference on Monday, December 21, 2015 described the President’s actions as a means of undermining the rule of law.
Rohee insists that if persons do the crime, then they should also be made to do the time and not be considered for a Presidential pardon.
“Pardoning persons convicted in the courts make the system look weak and ineffective,” said the General Secretary.
He said that the President’s statement that he deserves some “compassion” is flawed since any such compassion should be in favour of the victims.
Rohee’s tirade continued with him arguing that persons that steal phones and commit other violent crimes can now look forward to a pardon from the President.
However, it should be noted that the President made it clear that the women being released are persons convicted for non-violent crimes. The Former Home Affairs Minister went on to say that “consulting with Basil Williams and Ramjattan is unconvincing since they are all under the same cabal.”
“Under the PPP/C administration Presidential pardons were not abused. This does not mean that the PPP/C Presidents were not compassionate – they were compassionate in favour of the victims,” said Rohee.
He was later reminded by reporters that President Donald Ramotar had pardoned a convicted child killer as his last act as President. Rohee defended this saying he was not consulted on the pardon issued by Ramotar.
“The public is unaware of the category of crimes are being pardoned. Larceny of the person appears to be one, but what are the others?” Rohee questioned.