Wednesday, January 17, 2018

...Heerah submits report to Warner

Garvin Heerah, director of the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC), has submitted a report to National Security Minister Jack Warner on the alleged New Flying Squad Investigations Unit (NFSIU).

The Express understands that Heerah, who was out of the country for the last week attending a trip sponsored by the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) in Argentina, submitted the report to Warner yesterday.

Several attempts to contact Heerah were futile yesterday.

The report comes one week after it was requested by Warner following newspaper reports which revealed discrepancies in Warner's denial that the unit was ever operational and was in fact assisted by Heerah.

Heerah reports directly to Warner.

Further, the Express understands that Warner has given a directive to his Ministry that no one, except him, will engage the media on matters relating to the NFSIU.

Last Saturday, Warner told the Express that Heerah's job was on the line if he could not provide an adequate explanation as to how the alleged NFSIU, headed by retired police sergeant Mervyn Cordner, was given assistance by him (Heerah) in the form of eight vehicles from a private contractor who supplies the Ministry with vehicles.

Warner is expected to present this report to the National Security Council, headed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, when the group meets tomorrow after Cabinet.

He has consistently denied that any such unit was set up in his Ministry and was ever operational and last week took responsibility that 'under his watch' such a unit was set up without the requisite approval.

Investigations by the Express has revealed there was collusion between Heerah and Cordner on finding a location for the unit as well as an attempt to seek compensatory relief for Cordner's NFSIU by submitting a $24 million claim to the Ministry.

Warner had told the Express that the Prime Minister was angry over the NFSIU, as she was unaware that such a unit ever existed or operated under the Ministry of National Security.

Meanwhile, former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj said allegations that there was a revived Flying Squad operating under the Ministry of National Security is sufficient basis for Persad-Bissessar to fire Warner.

Maharaj had called on the Prime Minister to trigger a special Joint Select Committee to convene in Parliament to scrutinise the Ministry within the next few days.

The Police Complaints Authority and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service are also investigating the matter.