serious allegations: Nizam Mohammed, left, and his attorneys Rishi Dass and Fyard Hosein SC outside the San Fernando High Court yesterday.
—Photo: TREVOR WATSON
Nizam seeks legal advice
Libyan aircraft claim:
DON'T expect to see former House Speaker Nizam Mohammed at the Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 coup attempt anytime soon.
Mohammed said the report that he would be at the enquiry to defend himself tomorrow was incorrect.
Instead, Mohammed said yesterday that he would be consulting with his lawyers about what he described as serious allegations made against him last week by former Clerk of the House Raphael Cumberbatch.
Cumberbatch testified that Mohammed allegedly facilitated the granting of landing rights to a Libyan aircraft during the height of the July 27 coup attempt.
Cumberbatch said he got the information from a "high official" from Barbados, whose name he did not want to disclose in open session.
Cumberbatch also testified that Mohammed was twice visited before the coup attempt by a known member of the Jamaat al Muslimeen, and also travelled to Saudi Arabia following the coup attempt. Mohammed said of the testimony: "I have to consult with my lawyers. These are very serious allegations against me.
Because of my busy court schedule, I haven't been able to prepare a witness statement.
"What I want to find out is all this hearsay evidence that was allowed to be publicised, whether the Commission is seeking to find the source of such information to give the evidence."
Mohammed said he will decide then whether he would cross-examine the witnesses.
Mohammed said "the man who has made the allegations is seeking to use me to gain publicity since he is a publicity monger. And I will not oblige him, subject to legal advice. I can't see myself being available to the Commission in the very near future".