PORT-OF-SPAIN – Sport Minister Anil Roberts said yesterday that at no point was he ever the subject of an Integrity Commission probe, nor were any charges laid at his feet. At yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing he produced a statement from the commission, saying he was shocked and stunned at T&T Guardian stories.
Roberts said immediately after the first article appeared he contacted his lawyer – his brother Shastri Roberts – who contacted the Commission for clarification. He said the attorney received an e-mail at 3:15pm on Wednesday from the Commission. Roberts read the March 21 letter which stated that he had not been referred to the DPP “in any such form or manner or at all” as was described in the story.
A visibly angry Roberts liberally trashed author of the article Anika Gumbs-Sandiford, editor-in-chief Judy Raymond and Guardian Media Ltd. He said he had sent all three pre-action protocol letters requiring an apology, a front-page retraction and monetary compensation and said he would go to court if this was not obtained. He said all three should be ashamed for letting down the profession in T&T.
Roberts said he never spoke to Gumbs-Sandiford and she “fabricated” a quote in the story attributed to him. Quoting what he said was an international body for journalistic propriety and a journalistic code of ethics, Roberts said making up quotes was one of the greatest sins of the profession. (Guardian)