Acting DPP to be announced in short order

An acting Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, is expected to be announced in short order.

This, as DPP Paula Llewellyn has indicated that she is unable to carry out the functions of her office at this time.

The development follows Friday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court that the second extension of her tenure as DPP, was unconstitutional.

It also follows a call from the opposition People’s National Party, PNP, for Ms Llewellyn to resign from the post.

In a statement on Sunday evening, Attorney General Dr Derrick McCoy said due to the ambiguity and the consequent uncertainty arising from the full court’s judgment in the case brought by Phillip Paulwell and Peter Bunting, Ms Llewelyn advised that she would be stepping aside.

He said in accordance with section 96 (3) of the constitution, the public service commission will be invited to appoint a qualified person to act in the role of director of public prosecutions for the time being.

Meantime, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has reiterated that the government will be appealing the full court’s decision immediately, to have the issues resolved and determined by the court of appeal.

On Sunday evening, the opposition called for the immediate resignation of the attorney general and the justice minister over what it described as their confused response to Friday‘s court ruling regarding the tenure of the DPP.

Opposition Leader Mark Golding said a constitutional crisis would arise if there was no acting DPP in place by Monday morning.


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