One would also want to assume that in matters where co-conspirators have admitted to their role in the conspiracy and have already paid fines and gone to jail that the road would be a relatively simple one to walk.
Not so in the matter of the extradition of Steve Ferguson and Ishwar Galbaransingh, wanted in the United States in connection with ninety five charges arising out of the controversial and corrupt Piarco Airport re-develpment plan carried out by the then UNC government of which Galbaransingh was a known financier and part of a cabal of very senior members.
Appearing to frustrate every effort to have them leave this jurisdiction to answer for their crimes in another, one has to wonder how is that our system of Justice can be so easily manipulated in as open and shut a case as this one is.
The case surrounding those charged in the airport scandal appears stalled as if waiting on the outcome of this extradition request, and if today's granting of bail is anything to go by justice may never be done in this matter, much to the detriment of the legal system in this country.
We are running out of adjectives and superlatives to describe how important this prosecution is as well as that of Calder Hart and the many others who have abused the State's trust, misbehaved in Public Office and looted the people's purse.
The world is on fire with change ringing out from all corners of the globe as the people, fed up of being abused and fed lies by those in power take matters into their own hands and I would caution those in authority to not lose the lesson.
Now is not the time for pretentious positions by the government, not when the men in question are known to have contributed to the financing of this version of the UNC's election campaign; the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago is morally bound by their own utterances of doing the time if one does the crime to secure these gentlemen for transportation to the United States in the soonest possible time to answer for their crimes.
Anything else would itself be criminal as the very State would be seen to be conspiring against the people they are sworn to serve.
Put another way and as David Rudder sang in his very apt calypso Panama, 'in this pappyshow land, nearly everything is a pappyshow.'
Something to think about...