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‘Quality’ legal aid available to suspects

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If they have problems finding a lawyer of their choice, the Tudor Street firebombing suspects should use the state-funded legal aid programme.
Former Attorney General Dale Marshall made this suggestion Sunday, amidst unconfirmed reports that relatives of the two men charged by the police have experienced some trouble finding lawyers to defend them.
Marshall said he had heard reports about high legal fees being a problem in this case.
But there has also been public speculation about whether lawyers would be keen on taking the case, given the widespread condemnation of the arson act.
“Whatever the reason [for any difficulty in retaining a lawyer], the people accused in this case have the option of accessing the legal aid system,” Marshall pointed out.
“While the system is free, there is no question about its quality. Some of the finest Queen’s Counsel are on the legal aid panel.  They are all very experienced legal brains.”
Lawyer David Comissiong said he hoped that lawyers were not shying away from the case.
“I hope that Barbadians understand that every person must get the full benefit of the legal rights and protection due to them and guaranteed by the Constitution,” he commented.
“No lawyer should be penalised for representing an accused person. I hope that political and other leaders would make that point clear to the Barbadian people. (TY)