GIS : November 29, 2013: The former Director of Public Prosecution of England and Wales, Mr. Keir Starmer, QC, paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Dr Navin Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP at Treasury Building yesterday. He was accompanied by the Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Satyajit Boolell, SC.
Mr Starmer who is an expert in the field of human rights was the main speaker at the Rajsoomer Lallah Memorial Lecture 2013, which was held on November 28 in Port Louis. His address was focused on “Human Rights, Victims and Prosecution of Crimes in the 21st Century”.
Mr Starmer has an impressive track record as a lawyer. He has relentlessly challenged the death penalty throughout the Caribbean and also in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi. In 2005 he bagged the Bar Council’s Sydney Elland Goldsmith award for the pro-bono work accomplished in that respect. He was named Queen Counsel of the Year in the field of Human Rights and Public Law in 2007 by the Chambers & Partners directory.
Numerous strategies concerning the prosecution of violence against women and children have been implemented by Mr Starmer. He has overseen the merger of the Crown Prosecution Service with the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office in order to fight tax evasion more effectively. He is a proponent of open justice and has actively encouraged calls for cameras in courts.
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