Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 31st 2014 Contents Former Australian
Olympic sprinter Nova Peris,
now a senator, said yester-
day the story of her alleged
affair with former T&T
Olympic sprinter Ato Boldon
in 2010 was part of a plot
by someone seeking to
embarrass her family and
extort money from her.
Speaking to her colleagues
in the Australian Federal Sen-
ate, Peris, who fought back
tears throughout her presen-
tation, said the e-mails,
which Northern Territory
(NT) News political reporter
Christopher Walsh based his
story on earlier this week,
were leaked to him as part of
a long-running family dis-
She said she was told in
2010, via a "representative",
that an "aggrieved party" who
had the leaked e-mails was
prepared to take action that
would "only result in trauma
for everyone, especially the
children, and damage the rep-
utation of some stakeholders."
She said she was contacted again
on October 9 this year and read the
correspondence in the senate.
"The first line read I am sending
this communication to you today to
ensure there is no mistake as to who
is responsible for releasing the infor-
mation in relation to you, " Peris read.
She said NT News was aware the
e-mails were part of the family dispute
when it published the story which
alleged she used taxpayers money to
facilitate Boldon s trip to Australia for
a youth athletic training programme
so she could pursue him romantical-
"The release and publication of
these e-mails (was an) attempt to
extract money from me and embarrass
me and my family," she said.
Peris told her colleagues, however,
that she did not have a copy of the
e-mails and could not comment on
Both Boldon and Peris have denied
the allegations and threatened to sue
NT News over the article but Walsh
is standing by his story and has prom-
ised to reveal more details.
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Ato Boldon sex scandal
Peris: Plot to
Senator Nova Peris wipes away tears as she
addresses her colleagues in the Upper House in
Canberra, Australia, yesterday on the current
alleged e-mail sex scandal involving former
T&T Olympian Ato Boldon and herself. PHOTO
COURTESY AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS
A government minister has thrown his support behind
Gary Aboud s plea to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar to mediate with the Highway Re-route Movement
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran, in a phone
interview yesterday, said he would support any call to mediate
in the matter as it was a step in the right direction.
Aboud, the secretary of the environmental group, Fisherman
and Friends of the Sea (FFOS), made a tearful plea on
Wednesday during a press briefing at Woodford Square,
He said he believed HRM leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh,
who is on hunger strike, was dying.
Aboud said he expected a large turnout for a gathering
at the square, called for 11.30 am today, after urging people
to come out in their numbers in support of good gover-
He added: "It does not matter whether 10,000 people
come out or not. A leader is twiddling her thumbs while a
good man dies. History will bear testimony to the callousness
of her conduct and we are appealing to people to change
for compassionate leadership."
He said today s gathering was also expected to include
members of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO). Aboud
stressed the event was not politically motivated, saying it
was merely a call for citizens to stand up against injustice.
"We are not asking people to leave their jobs or to stop
working. If they can spare their lunch hour, come sit with
us in solidarity in the square.
"We want to send a signal to the Prime Minister that we
want a leader with a conscience and compassion. This has
nothing to do with politics," Aboud said.
Kublalsingh's hunger strike...
Dookeran backs call
for PM to mediate
RC Archbishop Joseph Harris, who also
had called previously for mediation, said
that was the most critical aspect of the
entire scheme of things as it went far
beyond Kublalsingh's dying.
Harris said while the health of the
HRM leader was another issue by itself,
which was also significant, the pertinent
issue was being able to dialogue and
reach a consensus as a society.
"I think the call to mediate has to be
far beyond whether Kublalsingh will die
or not because we, as a people, need to
seek ways of building consensus. We
need to be a people who are willing to
dialogue," Harris urged.
On Monday he was given a letter by
members of Project 40, a group
supporting the HRM and mediation.
Saying he had read the letter and was
impressed that young people were
willing to take such a stand, Harris
"I think the country needs people like
that. I see they may also be talking to
the President and I don't know what he
is going to say but there are people who
are willing to try their best to bring
about some level of peace and harmony
in the country."
Harris: Issue beyond
Fasting High Re-route Movement leader weak
Kublalsingh, who said he has been mostly
confined to bed, said he still was feeling weak
and experiencing shortness of breath.
He completed Day 44 of his strike yesterday
in protest against the Debe to Mon Desir
portion of the extension of the Solomon
Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin.
"I continue to feel very weak, dehydrated and
exhausted now. I am getting shortbreath a lot. I
never expected my body to go this far as it was
a lot weaker than when I started the last
hunger strike but for some reason my body just
"I would love to attend the gathering but I am
simply too weak," Kublalsingh added.
He was visited at his D'Abadie home
yesterday by some members of the
Presbyterian Church who prayed for his health.
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