Jack not resigning

PORT OF SPAIN — Embattled National Security Minister Austin “Jack” Warner says he has no intention of resigning from his cabinet post, accusing his detractors of trying to prevent the coalition People’s Partnership government of successfully dealing with the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago.

Speaking at a public meeting of the ruling United National Congress in Barataria along the east west corridor on Monday night, Warner also made reference to international media reports that he is implicated in a probe being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations into the financial affairs of the world football governing body, FIFA, of which he was once its powerful vice president.

“What they have with Jack Warner. They go after his family …, my son in the US …, they say Jack Warner must resign because a newspaper, … say, Jack Warner of course was involved in something that must be investigated.

“It had an AG (attorney general) whose brother was convicted of murder, they ask him to resign.

“Nobody ever called me, nobody ever investigate me…; tell them fellars to leave me alone,” he added.

Opposition politicians have intensified their calls for Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar to dismiss Warner, who is also chairman of the ruling party, from her cabinet, after a story was published about an FBI probe involving the former FIFA official. (CMC)

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