Minister of National Security Stuart Young. Photo/TTParliament
The Mercy Committee met yesterday to consider the applications of both prisoners and non-prisoners for pardon.
The body formally called the Advisory Committee on the Power of Pardon was chaired by National Security Minister Stuart Young.
A release from the National Security Ministry stated: “The Mercy Committee met today (yesterday) to consider applications submitted by prisoners and non-prisoners who have been convicted of an offence and wish to obtain a Presidential Pardon. The Mercy Committee continues to fulfill its constitutional mandate.
It stated, “The Committee, established under Section 87 of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, gives consideration to each individual application on a case by case basis with a view to determining whether the applicant is a suitable candidate for the grant of a Presidential Pardon.”
The committee comprises the Minister of National Security and includes the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions and four other members of varied expertise, the release stated.