Chancellor should make a statement on this issue
Stabroek News
January 22, 2002

Dear Editor,

Magistrate Yaw's recent decision is one which, in my opinion, should be reviewed.

A few years ago Magistrate Yaw fined me $10 000 for driving three kilometers over the official speed limit. A radar gun was used by the police officer to ascertain my speed. This was done after the then Police Commissioner publicly said that the use of radar guns were not lawful because it was not a part of our law.

At the time I was angry of course for what I considered to be a stiff penalty for driving three kilometers over the speed limit. Now, I find it even more ridiculous when two young men driving extremely fast and recklessly, took human lives and one was fined $75 000. Where is the justice in that?

Secondly, why were these young men given back their licences? They are back on the roads. Surely, a revocation of their licence would have been in order, especially in light of the recent campaigns to make the roadways safer and to update the traffic laws.

If a standard is to be achieved, the same yardstick has to be used for everyone. And if we are to have respect for the judiciary and magistracy the decision of every member has to be above aboard and without question.

I call upon the Chief Justice and the Attorney General, to seriously review the case and the decision that was handed down. And I ask them to make a public comment pertaining to this case. It is indeed a poor message that is being sent out to the public as to the overall worth of life and the integrity of our legal system.

Yours faithfully,

Moen Gafoor