GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar. 10, CMC – President David Granger and members of the legal fraternity are mourning the passing of Guyana’s former Attorney General Bernard De Santos, who died on Friday following a prolonged illness.
De Santos, who was 80, was appointed attorney general following the historic general election of 1992 and served in that post until 1997 when he returned to private practice.
In a brief statement on Saturday, President David Granger extended condolences to the family and friends of the former attorney general.
The Bar Association, in a statement, said De Santos was a heavyweight in the legal profession and was instrumental in grooming some of today’s most prominent lawyers.
“Mr. De Santos was one of the leading senior counsels in the country, and while he was an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer in every field of practice, his specialty was in the field of criminal law, and more especially in jury trials of the most serious offences.”
The association said he will also be remembered as an expert at cross examination .
“He was kind and patient with younger lawyers and he mentored many junior lawyers who were new to intricacies of the profession.
“Mr. De Santos’s passing leaves a vacuum in the profession and he will be sorely missed,” the Bar Association said.
Up until the time of his death, the British-trained, former attorney general was still very active at the local bar and made regular appearances before the Criminal and Civil Courts for several of his clients.