I saw $2m cheque from Ish, Steve, says Rowley
OPPOSITION Leader Dr Keith Rowley claimed yesterday he had seen a cheque of $2 million from party financiers Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson for the People's Partnership during the last general election.
He made the claim while contributing to the debate on the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) (Amendment) Bill, 2012 during an emergency session of Parliament held at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain.
The Parliament met to repeal provisions of the bill, including the controversial Section 34 , that were proclaimed by the President on the advice of the Cabinet following which Galbaransingh and Ferguson sought to have the fraud cases against them, involving the Piarco International Airport, dismissed.
Rowley said locally there was already a view that there was one law for the "high and mighty" and one for the "low" and the Government continued to reinforce this belief. He said if this matter was not adequately dealt with it will reinforce the belief that once you are sufficiently funded and favoured that you can have the Government specially protect you.
He also commented on the assertion by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan that when the bill was being debated Rowley may have hoped it would assist with police investigations into his conduct. He said, however, he has "absolutely no" interest into any such police investigations.
"Because there's nobody in this country in public life who has been investigated more than me. And at the end of the day not him, his colleague, his friend, his boyfriend, their friend, nobody. I am not interested in anybody (investigating me). As I told you before, I'm clean, I'm mean and I'm a go-between," he said.
He noted there had been police investigations in 2005 and 2006 and in the latter case the Integrity Commission was ordered to conduct an investigation but it could find no basis for anything wrong. —JN