Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has accused Jack Warner of playing “the good old sympathy card” when he claimed that Anna Deonarine had to flee her home with her two children for fear of being harassed.
Ramlogan also said yesterday that he found “astounding” the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) deputy leader’s “silence” on the issue of a property transaction involving her parents, the proceeds of which went into a policy in her (Anna’s) name.
Deonarine’s parents, Inal and Shama Deonarine purchased land from Dole Chadee’s brother Thackoor Boodram for $225,000 in 1997 and sold it to CLICO for $13 million in 2005. The $13 million was credited to a policy in the name of Anna Rampersad (nee Deonarine).
The Attorney General noted that Deonarine did not address the issue on the ILP platform on Wednesday night, notwithstanding the fact that she had told the Express that she was prepared to give her side of the story. “Instead we are given the ridiculous excuse that she has been advised not to say anything,” Ramlogan stated.
On the statement of ILP leader Jack Warner that Deonarine had to flee her home with her two children because she got word that “he” planned to send people to harass her, Ramlogan said: “That is foolishness. That is the good old sympathy card as no reason was given as to why she would want to leave the comfort of her home; more so in light of her denial of any wrongdoing.”
On Warner’s statement that Ramlogan had 41 properties when he (Warner) was in the Cabinet and he now had over 50 properties, some of which were bought in his brother’s name, Ramlogan said Warner seemed to have an “overactive imagination”.
“He perhaps thinks that I know people who would give me properties as gifts like the Centre of Excellence. Rest assured that I comply fully with all my declarations to the Integrity Commission. My brother is a well-known and respected financial comptroller and businessman and his business affairs are his own business, made possible by dint of his own sacrifice and hard work. We welcome any investigation, anytime, by anyone, anywhere,” the Attorney General said.
On statements made by People’s National Movement (PNM) leader Dr Keith Rowley, Ramlogan said he was not surprised at Rowley coming to Deonarine’s defence. “After all he signalled his political glee early on when he said an enemy of my enemy is my friend,” he said.
The Attorney General said the PNM and the ILP were two political peas in the same pod.
“Dr Rowley probably thinks that Jack Warner is better than the pope right now because he realises that he (Rowley) has no credibility when he speaks,” he said.