Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Glenn sex probe: cops visit ministry this week

Police are expected to visit the Ministry of the People and Social Development’s head office in Port of Spain later this week as the probe into alleged sex acts against fired Government minister Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh gets under way. 

The Express learned that Patricia Singh—the Central Trinidad woman who claimed that she was made to perform sex acts on Ramadharsingh when she went to him for assistance to fast-track a Housing Development Corporation (HDC) application—is expected to accompany police to the specific office where the incidents are alleged to have occurred. 

According to the police report made by Singh last week, the two sex acts allegedly occurred at the ministry’s Independence Square and Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, office in 2011 and eight weeks ago. 

During a five-minute, 15-second recorded conversation obtained by the Express between Singh and Ramadharsingh, the mother of three expressed disgust over the sex acts she said she was made to perform on him. 

During the telephone conversation, Ramadharsingh did not admit to the alleged sex acts performed on him.

The Express learned that a copy of the sworn statutory declaration in which Singh speaks of her disapproval over performing the sex acts on Ramadharsingh at the ministry’s office has also been handed over to police.  

On Sunday, Ramadharsingh “categorically and unequivocally” denied all of Singh’s allegations.

He was responding to the Sunday Express (April 6) exclusive story which stated that police had started an investigation into Singh’s report alleging she was made to perform the sex acts on him.

The fired minister has said the report was misleading and without merit and has caused personal hurt, pain and suffering to his family and he will be referring the issue to his attorneys.

Ramadharsingh had not previously responded to e-mails, text messages or telephone calls on the allegations when the Sunday Express had tried to contact him from as early as March 25 before publication of its lead story last Sunday.

 His statement on Singh’s allegations came after the Sunday Express attempted to contact him for 12 days.

 Singh made the allegations on March 24 during an interview with the Sunday Express. 

Singh, 47, the Express learned, met again with police officers from the Port of Spain CID office yesterday to assist with the investigation. 

Inspector Mervyn Edwards and WPC Sandra Phillips David are conducting investigations. 

Singh has retained attorney Nizam Mohammed to represent her case.  She told the Sunday Express that she never previously reported the alleged incidents because she feared for her life. 

However, she said she opted to break her silence and make an official report about the incident because of the courage shown by Caribbean Airlines Ltd flight attendant Ronelle Laidlow, who reported Ramadharsingh’s disorderly conduct on a flight from Tobago to Trinidad. 

The Express learned that Government ministers who were informed of the allegations are distancing themselves from the matter. 

“It is every man for himself,” one minister quipped when contacted for comment yesterday.  

Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal could not be reached for comment on statements made by Ramadharsingh during the recorded conversation.

Telephone calls to Moonilal went unanswered and when the Express contacted his adviser, Asgar Ali, seeking an interview with the Minister, Ali sent a text message which read: “I have not been able to reach the Minister.”