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General News of Tuesday, 19 June 2007

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"Ghanaian" appointed AG of British Virgin Islands

ROAD TOWN, BVI: Governor David Pearey has announced that Kathleen Quartey Ayensu has been appointed the next Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands. Ayensu’s first day in office will be Monday, June 25, when she will be sworn into office.

In making the announcement, the Governor said he is pleased to welcome a person of Ayensu’s experience and qualifications to the post of Attorney General.

Ayensu is a native of Ghana. Immediately before her appointment as Attorney General, she served as chief state attorney for the Ministry of Justice in Accra, Ghana, a post she held since 1999. She also has a decade of experience as an attorney in private practise in Washington, D.C.

Ayensu, who was born on January 25, 1953, has a master’s degree in comparative law from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; a master of laws degree from the University of London; and other degrees from The Inns of Court School of Law, the University of Ghana and L’Universite de Grenoble, France.

She is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, Ghana, and England and Wales.

Ayensu succeeds Cherno Jallow, Q.C., who concludes his seven-year tenure as Attorney General last week.

The Governor said that Jallow performed the duties of Attorney General with great distinction throughout the period of his appointment, during which time he earned the respect of all sections of the BVI legal community, and beyond, for his unquestioned integrity, his reputation for giving unbiased advice, his deep knowledge of BVI law and his extraordinary commitment and hard work.

“Mr Jallow performed as an outstanding member of the Executive Council and, on a personal note, I am deeply grateful for the support received from Mr Jallow during my first year in office. I wish Mr Jallow every success in the future and am pleased in the knowledge that he will remain in the Territory on completion of his contract as Attorney General.” said the Governor.