Attorney-at-Law Cajeton Hood is Grenada’s new Attorney General.
This was announced on Monday at the weekly Cabinet briefing by Legal Affairs Minister Elvin Nimrod who himself had been appointed to the post shortly after the New National Party (NNP) had defeated the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the February 19 general elections.
The incoming Attorney General is attached to Justis Attorneys law office on Church Street in St George’s.
In making the announcement, Nimrod said that Hood was selected over two other lawyers including Derek Sylvester due to his background as a former top civil servant.
The Deputy Prime Minister did not name the other person who was being considered for the post.
Hood is a former Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister under a previous NNP government.
According to Nimrod, the new Attorney General is expected to take up his post within a matter of days.
Hood has had a bittersweet relationship with Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell when he was at the helm of a previous NNP government prior to the 2008 general elections.
The attorney clashed with the former NNP administration in 2007 when the government moved to take a parcel of land (11,000 sq ft) that was sold to him by the State in 1998 while he was a public officer which he turned around and sold to a hotelier in the south of the island (True Blue) in 2006.
Hood became a harsh critic against the Mitchell led government and spoke out publicly on issues against the administration.
The new AG also wrote several letters in the local media chastising Mitchell for his leadership of the country.
One of the issues which Hood frequently dealt with was an allegation that Mitchell had allegedly accepted a bribe of $US500, 000.00 in Switzerland in June 2000 from an international fraudster to make him a Grenadian Diplomat.
Speculation is rife in the country that Hood’s brother, Karl Hood, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs in the previous Congress administration is being considered for the post of Grenada’s Ambassador to China.
Nimrod told the local media that his administration has “full confidence in Hood’s ability to do the work for the State.
In his brief legal career, Hood has participated in several high profile cases including the Re-sentencing of some of the persons convicted for the 1983 murder of leftist Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, the representation of NDC expelled Executive member Siddiqui Sylvester during the party’s convention last year which is due to go to trial soon.
Hood was also retained by Police Officers, Kenton Hazzard, Shaun Ganness and Wendell Sylvester who were previously charged with the death of Grenadian born, Canadian citizen Oscar Bartholomew who died from injuries sustained while in the custody of police officers attached to the St David’s Police Station on Boxing Day 2011.
These charges were recently dropped at the High Court pending the outcome of a Coroner’s inquest.
The other notable high profile case that Hood was involved in concerned his brother-in-law, businessman Finton De Bourg who has been slapped with four fraud-related charges relating to funds from Capital Bank International which was forced into receivership.