Over the past week, I have been contacted by a senior investigative journalist from the Trinidad Express who reportedly has close ties to senior ranking members of the PNM Government. This senior investigative reporter signalled her intention to publish the lead story in the Sunday Express based on documents she claims were passed to her from the Attorney General’s office. She claims the documents state that I am the subject of a criminal investigation by the Fraud Squad relating to the execution of my duties as the former Chairman of the Deposit Insurance Corporation, a post I held while I was also the Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
To my knowledge I am not the subject of any police investigation. I have not been contacted by any member of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on this or any other matter. Even so, I stand ready and willing to assist the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, if they are in fact investigating this matter.
Nevertheless, I consider it to be highly inappropriate that if I am indeed the subject of a police investigation, a journalist of a newspaper which preaches fair, balanced and responsible journalism is seeking to score sensational headlines and make national news before I have been given the courtesy of being informed by the police. Is there a conspiracy between the Police Service and the AG’s Office, which are supposed to be two separate and independent institutions of state?
Even more alarming is that this turn of events comes just two weeks after the laying of criminal charges against former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan SC, who is my attorney in my unconstitutional dismissal case against the Cabinet as well as in my defamation lawsuit against a current PNM Government Senator. These events also come about one month after I wrote a blog piece indicating that the current Central Bank Governor, Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister all appeared to have broken the law regarding the No Man’s Land property transaction.
For the avoidance of doubt, during my tenure as Governor of the Central Bank and Chairman of the Deposit Insurance Corporation, I performed my duties lawfully, ethically and responsibly, upholding the highest standards of integrity these two offices carry. The allegations being made against me are frivolous, baseless and vexatious.
This is why today I must defend myself and fight against the political persecution attempts by the current PNM regime to ruin my name and spread lies about my professional conduct. I will not be silenced into submission.
Political persecution has become a signature tactic of the flailing PNM government which should instead direct its attention to immediate and pressing national issues such as reviving an economy in a coma, curbing the spiralling murder rate, and putting in place a working sea bridge arrangement for the people of Tobago.
We are entering a most dangerous time in our country’s 55-year political history. The current PNM government by its recent actions has proven it intends to humiliate, denigrate and devalue citizens by failing to protect us and our rights and this is a tragedy.
I close by quoting Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, “a country that is not at peace with itself, that fails to acknowledge and protect the dignity and worth of all its people, is not a free country”.
Former Chairman, Deposit Insurance Corporation
Former Governor, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
Friday September 8, 2017