...suspends sponsorship deal with superstar found guilty on five criminal charges

THE Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)
this morning confirmed that it had suspended all existing ties with entertainer Machel Montano.

In a statement, TSTT gave no reason for suspending its sponsorship deal with Montano, who was found guilty last month on charges of assaulting four persons outside the Zen nightclub in Port of Spain on April 26, 2007, and on the charge of using obscene language.

Montano was due to be sentenced on January 17, but the sentencing
was adjourned on February 25.

Since Montano's guilty verdict, a number of persons and non government organisations have called on TSTT to cut ties with the superstar, who was scheduled to perform today at the TSTT-sponsored Soca in bSquare concert series at Woodford Square, Port of Spain.

In its media release TSTT stated that "at this time it has suspended all existing arrangements between Mr Montano and the company.

However, TSTT wishes to reiterate to its customers that it is a long
supporter of the nation's culture.

The company also wishes to assure the general public that it remains committed to its leading role in providing valued telecommunications services for the people of Trinidad and Tobago".

- Richard Charan (Multimedia Editor)
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