Sunday, November 19, 2017

JSC wants reporter Bassant to testify*

GET HIS PERSPECTIVE: Mark Bassant


TV6 senior investigative journalist Mark Bassant has been called on by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament as it seeks answers into the procurement of two ferries in June by the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT).
In a letter to Bassant yesterday, JSC secretary Angelique Massiah stated the committee noted his series into the ferry transaction “A Gap in the Bridge” on TV6 and felt it would be “beneficial” to obtain his perspective on the issue.

On Monday at a press conference in Tobago, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley responded “yes” after being asked by Bassant if he believed there was something “crooked” in the procurement process for the Cabo Star and Ocean Flower II vessels.
 
Last week, Rowley appointed Prestige Holdings chairman Christian Mouttet as sole investigator into the circumstances surrounding the leasing arrangements for the vessels between the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT) and Vancouver-based Bridgemans Services Group LP.

The Ocean Flower II was rejected by the PATT two weeks ago after it failed to arrive in Port of Spain on time.

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