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Rowley: Kamla, Sandy have to answer about conduct

By Ria Taitt Political Editor

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and National Security Minister John Sandy have serious questions to answer with respect to the conduct of the Office of Prime Minister and the management and use of security information in Trinidad and Tobago, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said last night.

He said given the inevitable outcome of the detention of the 17 people arrested in connection with the alleged assassination plot against the Prime Minister and other members of her Cabinet, who were detained under powers under the State of Emergency which has expired, the Opposition would be posing questions to both the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security at a news conference tomorrow at the Office of the Opposition.

"This matter might have ended for some, but it raises a whole series of serious questions with respect to the governance of Trinidad and Tobago," he said.

"How could this have happened? Not once. But twice," he asked, referring to the fact that 243 detainees arrested and charged under the Anti-Gang Legislation were also released, after the Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard offered no evidence in the months of September, October and November.

Rowley said the outcome of recent statements of the Prime Minister, the National Security Minister and others have seriously damaged the image and standing of the security services, the Police Service, in particular because questions were now being asked as to how the police are operating vis-a-vis the desires of the political directorate.

These questions would require some very clear answers, he noted.

"Once again the role of the Prime Minister in seeking to score political points on very serious matters of State cause questions (to have to be asked) and the Opposition would not shirk from its responsibility in posing specific questions to the office holders involved," he said.

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