Saturday, February 24, 2018

‘Ganja video’ timeline

 May 21—TV6 News airs ganja video 

May 22- Sport Minister Anil Roberts refuses to confirm or deny he was in the video but instead attacks Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley saying voodoo will not stop him from his Government duties. He said his lawyers are handling the matter. 

May 22—Ministry of Communications issues a release saying the allegations  regarding a government minister will not be validated with any further commentary from the Government. 

May 24—Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said ganja video conveniently resurfaced on the eve of the protest march against her Government as it was made public in a weekly newspaper a year ago. She said she will examine the facts and take a decision in the national interest. 

May 29—Roberts meets with COP team but refuses to give answers saying matter in his lawyers hands. 

May 30—Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says she was awaiting the outcome of the LifeSport audit which fell under Roberts’ ministry. 

June 2—COP executive headed by COP leader Prakash Ramadhar meet and decide to suspend Roberts and ban him from participating in COP activities or representing the party for failing to cooperate and give clarification on video. Executive also called on Roberts to resign as Sport Minister. 

June 3—Roberts writes Seepersad-Bachan stating the COP has no power to suspend him. 

June 4—PM says she is awaiting report from Roberts. 

June 12—PM says she’s not taking action on Roberts at this time; Roberts denies drug use.