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General News of Thursday, 14 February 2008

Source: JopyFM

CHRAJ may reopen Anane's case

The fate of re-nominated Minister of Roads Transportation, Dr Richard Anane may still be hanging on a balance as Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, plans to reopen the process that may see his nomination revoked.

The Acting Commissioner CHRAJ Ms Anna Bossman said the commission would investigate the matter should anyone make a formal complaint to it.

She told JoyFM that the case was thrown out of court based on technicalities.

Ms Bossman stressed that the court did not clear Dr Anane of any wrong doing, emphasizing the sitting judge had even cautioned journalists not to create the impression that the minister was cleared of the allegations.

According to her Dr Anane did not challenge the merits of the findings against him by the commission but rather the procedures used in finding him guilty of perjury and conflict of interest.

She also faulted Parliament for creating the current situation regarding the minister, saying if the House had done its work well Dr Anane could not have passed through the vetting committee to become a Minster.

Ms Bossman expressed the hope that the vetting committee of Parliament this time would do, in her words, “an honourable job”.

She disagreed with suggestions that the re-nomination of Dr Anane was a slap on the face of the commission, arguing CHRAJ did its job according to its mandate.

The Managing Editor of the Inquirer newspaper, Mr Raymond Archer, who broke the story about Dr Anane and his relationship with Alexander Obrien, said he may make a formal complaint to CHRAJ without which the commission’s findings against the minister were thrown out of court.

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