Dr Haffizool Ali Mohammed, the commissioner appointed to sit on the commission of enquiry into the 1990 coup attempt, has admitted to being arrested and charged with an offence of domestic violence against his wife Rosemin Mohammed.
Mohammed, who had not responded to telephone calls or text messages on the domestic violence matter when the Sunday Express tried to contact him for comment before publication of its lead story on Sunday, sent the Express an e-mail yesterday.
While admitting that he was charged, Mohammed produced court documents from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Virginia, USA, showing that the charge was dismissed on November 25, 2013.
He requested that the information be published today given that a report on the enquiry is expected to be handed over to the Office of the President this morning.
Mohammed stated in his e-mail to the Express that the story was “a half truth”.
“It is a fact that I was arrested and charged on 28 May, 2013. But the story is also untrue in so far as it conveys the impression that I am currently facing a charge or charges before the US Courts.
“On 25 November 2013, the charge (a misdemeanour) was dismissed. Accordingly, there is no charge pending against me.
It would be most appropriate to make this correction and retraction in tomorrow’s edition of the Express as we submit the Report of the Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 Attempted Coup.”
According to the court documents submitted by Mohammed, a warrant of arrest was issued for Mohammed on May 28,2013 in the county of Prince William, Virginia, USA.
The warrant read: You are commanded in the name of the Commonwealth of Virginia forthwith to arrest and bring the accused to court to answer the charge that the accused, within the city or county on or about May 28, 2013 did unlawfully in violation of Section 18-2-57 code of Virginia assault and batter Rosemin Mohammed.”
The arrest took place at Mohammed’s 6230 Oakland Drive, Virginia home.
Relatives yesterday expressed shock that the charge was dismissed.
The Express learned that it was Rosemin’s mother Mona Rampersadsingh, 70, who lives in Trinidad who contacted the Prince William Police Department in the USA when the alleged assault occurred.
Contacted yesterday on the dismissal of the charge, the elderly Rampersadsingh told Express: “We did not know the charges were dropped. I am very upset that she dropped the charges. She spoke to me about the matter but did not explain to me that the charges were dropped at all.