Not going anywhere

PORT OF SPAIN – Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has dismissed calls for his resignation by tomorrow, saying Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley was running scared of the several legal matters against PNM party financiers.

Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Sunday for Ramlogan to be fired or face further action. But Ramlogan, when contacted for comment yesterday, said Rowley and the Opposition People’s National Movement were afraid of the many investigations being conducted against financiers of the party. He told the T&T Guardian he was “not going to allow him (Rowley) to use me as his political pawn so that he could feel good as the political leader of a party that has three factions.”

Ramlogan said Diego Martin North East MP, Colm Imbert, Rowley and former prime minister Patrick Manning were the leaders of the respective PNM factions. He said the People’s Partnership Government, led by Kamla Persad-Bissessar, was not about to. He said both Rowley and the PNM “are very worried because of the number of matters that are presently before the courts. Those matters before the courts right now go to the root and core of the PNM.” (See story at right) Ramlogan said the people against whom these matters were brought and were to be brought were financiers of the PNM. He said because those financiers were “finding themselves before the courts in civil, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty cases, they realise they need to target the Attorney General because I am taking action against them that they never thought (was) possible.”

He said Rowley’s call for his removal was “a smear campaign designed to oust me from office by applying pressure so that they can get rid of these cases.”

Ramlogan said the PNM knew “these cases will lead to the downfall of the PNM because they will expose the corruption they were (allegedly) involved in over the last eight years while they were in office.” He said that probably explains “why they voted for Section 34.”

Ramlogan said the police investigations into the Landate Development Project in Tobago was as yet to be completed. The AG said Rowley must explain to the people of T&T “how the lands on which Landate was being developed was reclassified from agricultural lands to lands for residential use.” He said Rowley must also “explain fully where the money came from to build that development project.”

He said the technical breach in the matter of Landate by the Integrity Commission “is not the end of the matter. The police investigation into that matter is yet to be closed and that is a matter that can be confirmed by the DPP himself, ” he added. He said Rowley had more to worry about because he was struggling for his political survival. (Guardian)

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