In response to Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley’s claim that this country was involved in a US$100 million (TT$644 million) arbitration in the United States as a result of the cancellation of the smelter contract, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan had this to say last night: “In his usual irresponsible fashion Dr Rowley is rushing to score cheap political points even if it means compromising the legal position of the State in a matter that is sub judice. It is reminiscent of his fulminations concerning the OPV arbitration when he was the prophet of gloom and doom, predicting we would lose and even went so far as to announce that we had in fact lost.
“He boasted that we would have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to BAE and even identified where the funds were coming from, hidden in secret line item from the Ministry of National Security’s budget. All of that, of course, turned out to be completely false and inaccurate. As he well knows, it is inappropriate and improper for us to discuss a matter that is sub judice and I therefore do not wish to be drawn into committing such a breach.”
Ramlogan stressed that the Government did not hide this information. “This arbitration has been going on awhile now. I spoke about it in Parliament. It is not news. It has been ongoing for about a year and had reached an advanced stage,” he said.
He questioned why Rowley was bringing the matter to the fore now.