HAFFIZOOL Ali Mohammed has at least 40 curricula vitae (CVs) circulating worldwide and none of them are 100 per cent accurate.
At best they are 85 to 90 per cent accurate, Mohammed told a press conference yesterday as he responded to allegations that he submitted a doctored CV when he was successfully selected as one of five commissioners in the enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup.
Mohammed, however, said the discrepancies are caused during the process of translating military jargon to layman's language in his CVs.
He made the statements in the conference room of the law offices of his legal counsel Martin George, at the Trinidad Guardian Building on St Vincent Street, Port of Spain.
Mohammed's credentials and several photographs of him meeting various people, including former United States president George W Bush, were stuck to the conference room's walls.
"I have probably about 40 resumes floating because I am quite linked in to many organisations," said Mohammed.
"I have had many people work on my CVs and I will tell you, as counsel said, I can assure you that perhaps none of my CVs is 100 per cent accurate, I will tell you perhaps at best they are 85/90 per cent and that's nothing major, it's nothing major, it could be very minor because one of the things that we have had to do when you are in the military is explain what the civilian terminologies are and you have problems doing that and it could be read differently."
An example of such an error is the "MS" he obtained from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
"It is not a Masters of Science degree that some would believe it is, it is Military Science," Mohammed said.
"These courses are clearly around the masters degree level, however, I know what was written on the CV was MS which represented Military Science and not meant to be a Masters of Science degree."
He said the discrepancies on his CVs were not meant to "cheat or portray a false story".
But Mohammed admitted that he received his doctorate from an "unaccredited" university.
"While there have been some errors and omissions on his CV submitted for the purpose, and it appears to be a different and later CV which the media has unfortunately focused upon, what is unquestioningly accurate is the depth, breadth and extent of his military experience and the fact that he is a highly decorated military officer from the US Army with impeccable credentials as a retired army officer and this was the decisive factor in his selection, not the fact that he pursued a Phd qualification from an unaccredited university," George said.
"When asked, he made no secret of the fact that it was unaccredited, he made no secret of the name of the university on his CV, it was there for all to see. He is also not hung up on the idea of title and appellations and has no difficulty in simply being referred to as Mr Mohammed, or for the purposes of this enquiry, Commissioner Mohammed."
Mohammed, who was drafted into the US Army on October 28, 1971, served in Desert Storm in the Middle East in May 1991 and eventually retired at the rank of Major.
The highlight of his military career was the Bronze Star he was awarded for "exceptionally meritorious achievement in support of actions against a hostile force in the Persian Gulf", Mohammed said.
Mohammed said he was personal friends with deceased president Sir Ellis Clarke.
He said this friendship led to Clarke being named as a reference in his CV for the coup enquiry, when Clarke was still alive.
Mohammed said he never named anyone as a reference on his CV without first approaching them personally.
Mohammed said he met with both President George Maxwell Richards and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan on Tuesday and provided original documents supporting his credentials.
Neither of them have raised any objections about Mohammed continuing as a commissioner, George said.
Mohammed will return to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and resume his role as a commissioner in the coup enquiry today.
Since the enquiry resumed last week Wednesday, Mohammed has been absent from the sittings.