Kamla in the dark

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (right) greets Private Spencer (centre) of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force during her tour of the Inter-Agency Task Force yesterday. Looking on are National Security Minister Jack Warner (third from right) and Senior Superintendent Carlton Alleyne (second from right).
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (right) greets Private Spencer (centre) of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force during her tour of the Inter-Agency Task Force yesterday. Looking on are National Security Minister Jack Warner (third from right) and Senior Superintendent Carlton Alleyne (second from right).

PORT OF SPAIN — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said she has queried whether there was any minister in her Cabinet whose sons were under investigation in the United States and she received no such information.

Speaking to the media yesterday following a visit to the Inter-Agency Task Force offices in Aranjuez, Persad-Bissessar, when asked if she had questioned her ministers, responded : “Yes, I’ve asked.”

Asked if she was not concerned about reports that a minister’s sons were under probe, Persad-Bissessar said, “I would be very concerned about anybody’s son , indeed if they were one of my ministers but I have no information on any minister’s son who is in any circumstances abroad. I have no such information advised or knowledged.”

Following reports that a minister’s sons were under investigation in the United States, Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley has said the country should not be left to speculate and if there was any fact in these reports and the minister should identify himself or herself.

The Prime Minister was also questioned on whether acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams was the best person to investigate the setting up of the New Flying Squad Investigations Unit by former flying squad member Mervyn Cordner.

Cordner claims Williams himself was involved in this initiative which Williams has repeatedly denied.

Told that Williams himself was subject to claims made by Cordner, Persad-Bissessar said, “I do believe the office of the Commissioner of Police is the best office at this time to conduct such an investigation where there are alleged criminal activities that might have taken place, there might have been fraud that might have been committed. I am of the respectful view that the office of the Commissioner of the Police is best poised and resourced at this time to conduct that investigation. We shall see what happens next.” (Express)

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