AG chambers admit Deputy Solicitor was targeted

first_imgThe Legal Affairs Ministry and Attorney General’s Chambers has defended its decision to fire the Deputy Solicitor, Prithima Kissoon, and claims she mishandled a number of key Government cases, including a case related to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Former Deputy Solicitor General, Prithima KissoonShe was the subject of a 15-month long investigation by the Legal Affairs Ministry. Kissoon broke her silence and accused Attorney General Basil Williams of a whole host of workplace atrocities, causing her to lodge a formal complaint with the Public Service Commission (PSC) in January of this year.She was handed a termination letter six hours before the life of the Commission came to an end on August 31, without that constitutional body looking into the complaint.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, in his defence of the firing of Kissoon in a public missive, has since accused her of bungling numerous high profile cases, in addition to other acts of dereliction of duty and insubordination.Attorney General, Basil WilliamsThe Ministry confirmed that the Deputy Solicitor was targeted in an investigation from November 2015 to January 2017, “after it was discovered that Ms Kissoon, who was tasked with the responsibility of conducting cases of grave importance to the State’s interest, had committed several breaches and violations under the rules and regulations of the Public Service Commission.”The Ministry contends the breaches include improper preparation and drafting of legal documents, disobeying instructions, failing to attend court in several critical matters, gross dishonesty in official dealings, improper conduct and dereliction of duties.The Attorney General’s Chambers in the statement on Friday said that Minister Williams blames Kissoon for not being present in court for key cases as well as misleading himself and others over the matter.Kissoon broke her silence this week, as the very public spat between the Attorney General and her came to a crossroads on the August 31, 2017.Lamenting the situation, the now former Deputy Solicitor General in her now public statement said, “A new PSC will convene and the complaint against the Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams, SC will never have been addressed.”According to Kissoon, “my good name has been filched, my character assassinated, my career that I worked so hard to build in the public service for the past 10 years lays shattered at my feet but my integrity and ethics are rock solid.last_img read more

U.S. coach swaps ‘keepers for semi

first_imgRyan shrugged off any criticism. “That’s not important to me at all,” he said. “From Day 1 I’ve just tried to make decisions that will help us win the next game.” Unbeaten in 51 straight games, the No. 1-ranked United States is seeking its third World Cup title, but Brazil figures to be its toughest test. A victory today (5 a.m. PDT, ESPN2) puts the U.S. squad into Sunday’s final against defending champion Germany in Shanghai. Solo, 25, has been excellent defending crosses and high balls, but Ryan wants Scurry for her scrambling. From news services Greg Ryan will be seen as a savvy strategist if it works. If it fails, he’ll be blamed for benching goalkeeper Hope Solo, who hasn’t yielded a goal in almost 300 minutes in the Women’s World Cup, and switching 24 hours before the match to veteran Briana Scurry for today’s semifinal against Brazil in Hangzhou, China. The U.S. coach surprised almost everyone on Wednesday, going with the 36-year-old Scurry because her quick reflexes could frustrate the tricky, fast-paced Brazilians led by strikers Marta and Cristiane. “The way the Brazilians play in terms of creating off the dribble in the penalty box and making a goalkeeper make reaction-type saves, I think Bri is the best goalkeeper in the world in those situations,” Ryan said. The move split opinions. Scurry is a longtime star. Her decisive penalty-kick save against China in the 1999 final in the Rose Bowl captivated the nation. But this switch could be disruptive to a young, close-knit group. The game is expected to be tight, although the United States has lost only once to Brazil in 22 games. Ryan broke the news to Solo on Tuesday, but she sensed what was coming. “The moment I got tapped on the shoulder saying I need to meet with you, I had a pit in my stomach and I knew what it was,” said Solo, who’s given up only two goals in four games. Germany advances Defending champion Germany broke a shutout record in defeating Norway, 3-0, in a semifinal match at Tianjin, China, and claimed a spot in the final. An own goal by Norway’s Trine Ronning just before halftime sent Germany on its way, and it dominated the second half, with goals by Kerstin Stegemann and Martina Mueller. Germany has gone 529 minutes without conceding a World Cup goal, dating to the 2003 tournament. That broke China’s record, which was 442 minutes in the 1999 and 2003 events. Manchester United upset Manchester United was eliminated from the English League Cup by lower-league Coventry. Man United, which lost at Old Trafford for the first time this season, wasn’t playing its top team, but still had six international players in its lineup. Michael Mifsud scored two goals to lead Coventry.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more