Monday, February 19, 2018

AG calls on Warner to co-operate

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is encouraging former minister Jack Warner to co-operate with the investigation into allegations that he and his family received almost US $2 million from a Qatari firm linked to that country’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup. 

Ramlogan said Warner’s co-operation was critical if he (Warner) had any chance of vindicating his reputation. The Attorney General  recalled that Warner did not appear before the investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee. 

He said: “It is time that he submits himself to a full and comprehensive probe on this matter and one can only hope that he avails himself of the opportunity to clear his name. 

“Bravado and arrogance would not cut it for this. This is now a matter of international concern. It is sullying Trinidad and Tobago’s international image and reputation because it has clearly gone beyond our borders. 

“And it concerns not just a former minister, but someone who is a serving member of Parliament and who is a leader of a political party, therefore making him an aspirant to the highest political office of Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. 

“The implication and ramifications of that story, when one considers that context run quite deep and they are far-reaching. And therefore he owes the country and the public, the duty which he has to submit himself to the investigation and co-operate with them fully.” 

PNM Senator Faris Al Rawi said while he had not yet read fully the disclosures in The Telegraph article, it was Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley who was the first person on record who warned that serious complications could arise from Warner’s holding of the dual portfolio of FIFA vice president and a minister in the People’s Partnership Government.