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Lawyer may take action against PM rape accuser

Published:Friday | March 14, 2008 | 9:45 AM

A lawyer in St. Vincent said the Attorney General might take legal action against the female police officer who accused Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of raping her.

Anthony Astaphan said the allegations and subsequent legal battle was an abuse of the process and an attempt to use the judicial process to score political points.

Astaphan appeared on behalf of the Attorney General in the recently concluded hearing, in which the court rejected a call to review the rape allegations, which were dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The lawyer said the matter was political and ridiculous and that neither his client nor the DPP would allow it to rest.

He said that criminal proceedings against Dr. Gonsalves were a frontal attack on the administration of justice.