The Integrity Commission of Trinidad and Tobago took note in April 2013 of a report from the Integrity Committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Associations of Football (Concacaf), alleging Mr Jack Warner, a former Government minister, committed fraud against Concacaf and FIFA, in connection with the Centre of Excellence and in respect of financial statements of Concacaf.
In the interest of the public, the commission decided to enquire further into these allegations of fraud. Section 33 (a) of the Integrity in Public Life Act (IPLA) states the commission:
(a) “May on its own initiative... consider and enquire into any alleged breaches of the act or any allegations of corrupt or dishonest conduct.”
In pursuance thereof, the commission has written to the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, SC, ORTT, in accordance with Section 15 of the IPLA, requesting the appointment of a tribunal to enquire further into declarations submitted by Mr Warner.
Section 15 of the IPLA states:
“Where upon the examination referred to in Section 13, the commission is of the opinion that it should enquire further into any declaration so as to ascertain whether there has been a full disclosure, it may advise the President to appoint a tribunal of two or more of its members to conduct an enquiry to verify the contents of the declaration or the statement filed with the commission.”