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Suspended Harry fears wife not being appointed judge
Suspended People’s National Movement (PNM) member Harry Ragoonanan is fearful that his wife Magistrate Lucina Cardenas-Ragoonanan may not be appointed as an Industrial Court judge because of his fight against corruption.
This was Ragoonanan’s view, stating that he was now fearful for his life and may soon leave the country on a short trip.
Asked if his life had been threatened, Ragoonanan refused to comment.
“I am not going to say anything about that,” Ragoonanan said.
The PNM suspended Ragoonanan, a long-standing member of the party, last week Saturday for allegedly attempting to manipulate a tendering process at the Public Transport Service Corporation last year.
The PNM said the matter was being investigated by the police, a claim which Ragoonanan, a party financier, has since denied.
Since his suspension, Ragoonanan said no one from the party has contacted him.
“They would not speak to me. They have been saying I trying to mash up the party. There is no such thing. I am just against corruption and I have pointed out corruption. The whole population knows I have seen the corruption in the ferry acquisition, but it continues.”
He said lies were being perpetuated to the people of T&T.
Ragoonanan said his wife, who presides in Tobago as a magistrate, has become “traumatised” by the incident, but remains strong and focused.
“She knows she would be a casualty in this.”
He said his wife was invited to apply for the position of an Industrial Court Judge, which she did.
“She is fully qualified for the post. We expected an appointment and now we don’t think that opportunity will come. But we will wait and see what happens. My own view is that this will not be. I would be surprised if she is.”
Ragoonanan said he feels his wife would be “victimised” for his outspokenness and fight against corruption.
Stating that his wife has been a dedicated, hard-working and committed individual to the Bench “every lawyer in the country would tell you she is the best magistrate the country has ever seen. Not because she is my wife, but they all say that.”
At all hours of the night, Ragoonanan said his wife would “try to finish cases for people. She deals with everything in a humane manner. And the prisoners would tell you when she sends them to jail they are happy because she explains why she sending them to jail.”
Ragoonanan said his better half has numerous letters from prisoners who wrote her from within the prison walls thanking her.
“Wherever she has gone she has cleared up all the backlog. Tobago is now saying that she is the best magistrate that ever came there.”