Independent Liberal Party (ILP) candidate Kerwin Bucchan was deported twice from the United States for possession of firearms and narcotics, Government Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal has said.
Bucchan, 38, was announced as the ILP candidate to contest the seat for the Morvant area in the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation.
Last week he was remanded in prison custody by a magistrate on charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition, and shooting with intent.
Bucchan was refused bail after the police requested time to contact Interpol to find out if he had pending or previous criminal charges.
On Monday, at a United National Congress (UNC) public meeting at Pepper Sauce Junction, Chaguanas, Moonilal said Bucchan also had charges against him internationally.
“They put up a man in Morvant, he is a double deportee facing charges in America, convictions for firearms and ammunition possession of narcotics, illegal entry, illegal stay, deported not once but twice, ladies and gentlemen that person is still on the ballot paper,” he said.
Bucchan, he said, could become chairman of a regional corporation.
“You know what this means, we are criminalising the democratic institutions of Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
Another ILP candidate, said Moonilal, was fired by a casino for theft, while another in Princes Town was fired by Republic Bank for fraud.
Moonilal claimed further that ILP candidate Regon Boxhill, who was vying for the Mon Repos/Navet seat, was before the courts on charges of larceny and robbery with violence, and was known to the police in other matters of kidnapping and drug offences.
Moonilal added that there was a warrant on file by the police for Boxhill.
Last week he (Boxhill) officially withdrew by submitting relevant documents to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) office at City Hall, San Fernando.
Boxhill also visited the ILP’s headquarters in Chaguanas to inform ILP interim political leader Jack Warner of his decision via letter. The letter was hand delivered to the ILP coordinator for the southern district.
He said he withdrew from the race after the ILP was allegedly unwilling to assist an 86-year-old with a wheelchair. He said the elderly person was living in the local government district that he had planned to contest.
Boxhill said there was also not enough support from the party—with promises—but no action taken by the ILP.
Moonilal said that Warner’s band of “crooks and bandits” would plunder the Treasury.
He said Warner had his own cabal as he noted that Felisha Isahak was listed as a proposed ILP alderman.
“Jack have a little cabal that does operate for him there, and in that cabal he has Indra, Felisha, Jennifer, Sandy all of them fighting in that office for position...so we must tell Jack take care of his own cabal before he watch across the road to the UNC or to the PNM and any other political party,” said Moonilal.