Friday, December 15, 2017

London: AG playing politics with Milshirv deal

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is playing politics with the Milshirv issue, in light of the January 21 Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections, THA Chief Secretary Orville London said at the final THA press conference yesterday

"And I'm  making it quite clear that I am convinced that the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago is politicising his office," London said.

London added all that has happened is that the Attorney General has gotten leave from the court for the matter to be heard, and no case has been won at this time.

"And my advice from the Assembly's attorneys is that when the matter is heard there are some procedural issues, which will be of great interest to the court," London said.

The matter came up in the Port of Spain High Court on Tuesday, and Justice James Aboud, presiding in the matter, after hearing arguments,  granted leave to the Attorney General to proceed with the application for judicial review and also ordered that the company Milshirv be served with the proceedings.

Justice Aboud fixed the next date of hearing for February 15 when all parties are expected to be present and represented and for arguments in the matter to proceed.

Meanwhile, speaking on another issue, it was revealed the THA has no authority or responsibility for the collection, processing, approving and or granting of licences pursuant to the Foreign Investment Act.

 London commented on the controversy involving a group of United Kingdom investors and a land deal to acquire Culloden Estate.

"There is no institution or department in Tobago which entertains  applications for a foreign investment licence," he said.

London said people are however directed to the website of the Ministry of Finance for forms and/or guidelines for making applications for foreign investment licences and applicants are directed forms be sent to the permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance.

London said he could only come to one conclusion.

"And I have been advised, and it is advice that the Assembly is considering, that we can well make a case to the Integrity Commission for abuse of power by the Attorney General in utilising his office for political purposes, and that is something that we are investigating."