Herbert Volney, a former High Court judge, and former Justice Minister passed away this morning. Let’s see how he died and Herbert Volney cause of death in detail.
What happened to Herbert Volney?
Herbert Volney, a former high court judge and Justice Minister of the Peoples Partnership administration, has passed away.
He went away this morning at 7:45. Age-wise, he was 69.
Volney had heart trouble and underwent heart surgery in 2010, however his cause of death is now unknown.
Volney, a native of Dominica, established his political organization named “We The People” in 2017.
Herbert Volney cause of death
According to information from reliable online reports, Mr. Volney suffered a heart attack and passed away today.
Dr. Roodal Moonilal, a former cabinet member who learned of the development via Mr. Volney’s wife, has provided confirmation.
Dr. Devant Maharaj, a different former coworker of Mr. Volney’s, described him as, “a colorful figure in Cabinet as he was in Trinidad and Tobago’s judiciary.
Always witty, he frequently portrayed himself as the protector of Catholic principles in Cabinet and as the voice of people of mixed ethnicity because he was equally proud of his Dominican ancestry.
Who was Herbert Volney?
Former member of the United National Congress (UNC) party, Herbert Volney is a politician from Trinidad & Tobago. Mr. Volney held the positions of Minister of Justice and Representative for St. Joseph/Maracas in Trinidad and Tobago.
After earning his Bachelor of Laws in 1976, Mr. Volney was accepted into the Hugh Wooding Law School and was admitted as a barrister to the Trinidad and Tobago Bar in 1978.
He was hired by Selwyn Richardson, the attorney general at the time, to work in the director of public prosecutions’ office in 1979, where he spent the next ten years. He left his position as the Public Prosecutions Assistant Director. Also, he was chosen as a Supreme Court justice in 1994 after being sought out by Chief Justice Clinton Bernard.
Volney had presided over more than 400 higher-level trials by the time he decided to retire in order to run for the St. Joseph constituency in the General Elections of 2010, and he had spent a significant amount of time working in the Criminal Assizes in Port of Spain, San Fernando, and Scarborough.
At the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Mr. Volney served as the Head Boy of his alma mater, St. Mary’s Academy, and as President of the Guild of Undergraduates.
As a Judge in Tobago’s Supreme Court
In Trinidad and Tobago’s Supreme Court from 1994 until 2010, Volney served as a judge. In Kamla Persad-administration, Bissessar’s Volney, a member of parliament, was appointed Justice Minister.
As Minister of Justice, Volney met with Venezuelan Ambassador Maria Eugenia Marcano Casado to begin conversations about future collaboration on criminal justice topics such as offender management, penitentiary reform, and others. Sir Edward Garnier, who left politics following the 2017 British General Election, was another person he met.
When he served as justice minister, he generated some controversy by making poor remarks and by suggesting that inmates be allowed to have romantic visits at a time when the public was pushing for harsher punishment for convicts. One of eleven ministers ousted by the previous administration in September 2012—including his replacement in the Ministry of Justice, Christlyn Moore—before the ruling party lost the September 2015 general elections.
However, British Queen’s Counsel Edward Fitzgerald argued during a hearing in the High Court in January 2013 that Volney did not deceive his Cabinet colleagues. At the time, Persad-Bissessar had criticized him for allegedly misleading the Cabinet regarding the early proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Offenses) Act. In May 2013, he joined Persad-Bissessar at a visible UNC function.
Volney’s final Facebook post
Volney was a frequent user of social media, giving his opinions regarding Trinidad and Tobago’s situation. His final Facebook post was made on November 29 and read as follows:
The absolute worst of this government has been on display over the past few days. Omission after omission and failure after failure have collectively revealed Trinidad’s incompetence and its apparent callous “don’t care” attitude toward the segment of the population that is primarily Indo-Trinidad in the wake of immeasurable suffering caused by vast swaths of Trinidad being physically overtaken by flooding and its aftermath.
Although today was largely sunny and bright, all of the recent rainfall—which totaled several inches—was projected to flow out to sea, cause major breaches in fragile embankments, and cause flooding in habitations as a result.
The Ministry of Education ordered school and the First Term exams to go on in light of these predictions as well as the anticipated landslides and landslips in the hill area. This has always been callously indifferent to the flood victims and those vying for space on the nation’s congested roads.
The truth is that one family, consisting of parents and kids who reside on the flat, or “lagoon,” as the PNM calls it, where the majority of Indian Trinidadians dwell, will be adversely affected. As a former East/West MP, I am aware of this because my constituents who are African Trinidadians reside on a hillside in the foothills of the Northern Range and strangely experience landslips, as opposed to Indian-Africans who reside on the southern or flat landside of the Eastern Main Road. To Sangre Grande, this occurs.
The hill-dwelling African Trinbagonians are dry and largely undisturbed by this unseasonal weather, but the Indian Trinbagonians experience great pain and complete disruption in their homes and villages. In light of these facts, how can the Ministry of Education order the start of classes again? The TTUTA, school administration, parent-teacher organizations, and students themselves must unite to oppose it since it is cruel.
What difference would it have made if the appropriate course of action had been taken, with all schools closing for the week and reopening the following day for final exams? The minister has failed.
Tributes by loved ones
Dr. Roodal Moonilal, a member of parliament from Oropouche, sent his former colleague condolences. “I have happy memories of Mr. Volney,” he remarked. The honor of working with Mr. Volney was mine. While he was working for the government, I was in charge of the business. I was often surprised by his sense of humor. He had a unique personality. But I could tell he had a strong affection for his nation. We constantly kept in touch via social media. We appreciate his contribution to the country and I am really sad.
Avinash Singh, a senator, and minister of agriculture expressed sympathy and said “Although we belonged to rival political parties, we were always friendly. He has recently shown a lot of interest in the product pictures I’ve been posting from my parent’s farm. Just a few weeks ago, I extended an invitation for him to come to visit. May his family now have the fortitude they need and that his soul finds eternal peace.”
Dr. Devant Maharaj, a ministry colleague, recalled Volney and said: St. Joseph’s MP was a colorful figure in the cabinet as well as Trinidad and Tobago’s judiciary. Always witty, he frequently portrayed himself as the defender of Catholic principles in cabinet and the voice of people of mixed ancestry, yet he was equally proud of his Dominican roots.
However, it seems that Volney’s expulsion from the government had a significant psychological and emotional influence on him because his political focus shifted to a single bitterness that seemed to absorb his later years. Volney, who had no prior political experience prior to taking office in 2010, positioned himself as a political expert after losing his political position and frequently made headlines with outrageous accusations or political stances.
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