Monday, February 19, 2018

Integrity Commission seeks Richards' help

THE Integrity Commission yesterday wrote to President, George Maxwell Richards, seeking his support after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar questioned its fairness.

The Commission issued a news release yesterday saying it wrote to Richards after a report in Sunday's Guardian quoted Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as saying it had "an appearance of bias".

The release was in response to Persad-Bissessar's statement regarding the "stony silence" on the issue of an alleged $310 million transaction with Tobago's Milshirv Properties Project that the Commission was expected to investigate.

"It views this statement with regret. Such comment is not consistent with the truth," the release stated.

"It must be emphasised that it is not, nor has it ever been, the Commission's practice to announce any matters which are under investigation by the Commission," the statement said.

The Commission said it would be contrary to the Commission's guidelines to announce other investigations which could be under way.

As a preliminary step, the Commission took the issue to Richards, who they say reminded the Commission that they were appointed by his office.

"He also advised that the Commission continues to enjoy his full confidence and support," the Commission said.