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PM: I have court clothes

Facing legal threat for slander

By Anna Ramdass anna.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

In the face of a legal threat against her for slander, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she has court clothes and evidence to back up her claims.

On Friday at a Tobago Organistion of the People (TOP) public meeting, Persad-Bissessar said that public relations officer of the People's National Movement (PNM) Denise Tsoi-a-fatt Angus and her family were beneficiaries of the plans to construct a multi-million-dollar complex at Shirvan road, Tobago.

Persad-Bissessar said Tsoi-a-fatt, her mother Majorie and uncle owned the three parcels of land and sold it to a middle company – Aquila Ltd- which is affiliated with Dankett Ltd and Milshirv Ltd – both owned by the Rahael family.

The Prime Minister questioned whether Tsoi-a-fatt, who is the adviser to the THA Health Secretary had inside information on the $310 million Milshirv contract.

On the heels of Persad-Bissessar's allegations, Tsoi-a-Fatt-Angus said she planned to take legal action against the Prime Minister.

"I felt crushed. I felt sick that as a woman, as Prime Minister, she could make a statement like that," said Tsoi-a-fatt, adding that the lands in question were sold in 1999 – when London was not even leading the THA

She displayed a copy of the deeds to the lands which included her mother Marjorie Tsoi-a- Fatt, her uncle-in-law Herbert C Phillips and her uncle George Young. Nowhere on the document is her name, Tsoi-a-Fatt said.

However, the Prime Minister waved deeds at a public meeting at Mason Hall on Saturday night and said she was ready to go to court. She said Tsoi-a-fatt was crying "crocodile tears" and playing emotions while she failed to explain the questions about the lands.

"They say they want to sue me for slander but what is interesting is they never deny a single thing I said last night about the three-acre parcel of land,  I have the deed of the land registry....I was a good lawyer by the way and I think I'm still a good lawyer," she said.

"I want to tell my sister Denise tonight, my statements are based on official deeds and records lodged at the Company's registry and the lands registry of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and so I have no fear you want to take me to court, make sure you have court clothes to because I have court clothes iron and waiting," said Persad-Bissessar.

"Tonight to my sister Denise I say, I have no malice towards you, I have no ill will towards you, Tobago people are only interested in the truth," she added.

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