THE FATHER of an Independent Liberal Party (ILP) candidate, accused by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan of being a United States deportee, has denied the allegation.
Chan Sookoo, the father of ILP candidate Charran Sookoo, said as recently as April his son travelled to the United States and he was not denied entry.
Sookoo is a former public relations officer of the National Alliance for Reconstruction and currently a director of the State-run board of the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the Los Iros Farmers Association.
“Mr Anand Ramlogan went on the platform and said that my son is a deportee and he was accused of stealing electrical parts in America. That is a total fabrication,” said Sookoo.
The Express examined the passport of Charran Sookoo, which showed he has a US Visa which was issued in 2011 and valid until 2021. The previous US Visa was issued in 2004, and expired in 2009.
The passport also showed that he was admitted into the US in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2013.
“If he was a deportee he would not be able to go to the (United) States. He also went last year. He has an old visa and a new one. If you were a deportee you can’t have that,” said Sookoo.
Sookoo said his son also personally knew Ramlogan.
“You know what is amazing to me? My son is a technician and he used to go to his house and fix his television and his computer. He trusted my son to come there. So if he knew my son was a deportee and criminal, what is my son doing in your house?” said Sookoo.
He said the allegation has left his family traumatised.
“I received a national award last from the Government on the 50th anniversary of Independence for excellence in the field of education. Two of my grandchildren are scholarship winners, and my daughter is working on her doctorate. This allegation has left me totally dejected about the Government,” he said.