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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Integrity Commission has
terminated its probe into the Tobago
House of Assembly s construction
of its Milshirv administrative com-
plex, citing insufficient grounds for
continuing the investigation.
Commission registrar Martin Far-
rell notified the THA s legal repre-
sentatives of the development on
The Milshirv issue has been the
PP administration s main prong of
attack against the THA in the THA
elections in January last year.
Under the arrangement, the PNM-
controlled THA bought a three-acre
parcel of land at Shirvan
Road/Claude Noel Highway inter-
section from Dankett Ltd for $12 mil-
Reports were that the THA then
leased the land to Milshirv Ltd at a
rate of $10 annually for 199 years.
Under the proposal, Milshirv
would then build the administrative
complex at an estimated cost of $143
million and then lease/rent it to the
THA at a monthly rate of $1.2 million
for 20 years.
At the end of the 20 years, or at
three-year intervals during the peri-
od, the THA would take ownership
of the complex, according to the pro-
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
had referred the matter to the Integri-
ty Commission for investigation with
specific reference to the actions of
THA Chief Secretary Orville London
and Secretary of Finance Dr Anselm
London to see if any charges could
A letter also was sent to acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen
The Integrity Commission
launched an investigation in 2012
when it sought information from the
THA and the THA had agreed to
Now the Integrity Commission
has told the THA s legal represen-
tatives it had investigated the matter
and after examining all the evidence
and legal submissions by the con-
cerned parties, it had determined
there were insufficient grounds for
continuing the probe and had decid-
ed to terminate it.
Section 34 (6) of the Integrity in
Public Life Act says where, during
the course of an investigation, the
commission is satisfied there are
insufficient grounds for continuing
an investigation or that a complaint
is frivolous, vexatious or not made
in good faith, it may terminate the
In May, the court ruled that the
THA did not require the permission
of the Finance Minister to enter into
special financing arrangements for
its construction projects.
AG Ramlogan said yesterday Gov-
ernment had appealed that decision.
On the termination of the probe,
Ramlogan said the entire matter was
still before the court and he had no
comment until the Appeal Court
adjudicated on it.
He added Government had dis-
continued the case against Milshirv
to allow the project to proceed as its
legal advice was that Milshirv was
an innocent third party and if the
THA did not get permission from
the ministry, it was not grounds to
penalise a third party.
But, he said, the question of
whether the ministry s permission
was required in such arrangements
was still an issue.
A THA official said yesterday the
Integrity Commission s statement
signalled "the last failed attempt by
Government" to stop the project.
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Government, Opposition and
President of the Senate Timothy
Hamel-Smith paid tribute to the late
former independent Senator Michael
He died of cancer on November 11
after being ill for some time.
Government Senator Bhoe Tewarie
said the country had lost a loyal son
and dedicated citizen in Mansoor.
"He always conducted himself with
dignity and decorum, just as he always
anchored his presentations to this
honourable House in substance,"
He added Mansoor was a doer and
a high achiever who tended to be
task-oriented and set high standards
for himself and others.
about family but also spoke about
the country, about productivity, har-
nessing of talent and higher national
Opposition Senator Camille Robin-
son-Regis, who served in the Senate
during Mansoor s tenure, said he was
more than an Independent Senator
and businessman. "He was much
bigger than that. What really capti-
vates me about Michael Mansoor is
that I remember him as being some-
one whose leadership style was calm
and pragmatic and as a younger sen-
ator he was someone from the Inde-
pendent bench that we could look to
for leadership, calm and pragmatism."
She said Mansoor was a good tem-
plate for young men and women to
look up to. "In addition," she said,
"Michael Mansoor influenced not
only this space but other spaces in
T&T and in the Caribbean region."
Independent Senator Helen Dray-
ton said he was a man of humility
and compassion and was a lover of
Carnival, playing mas, pan and col-
lecting local and Caribbean art.
Hamel-Smith said Mansoor lived
a life of dedicated service.
He added: "Michael was one of
the most honourable, ethical and dis-
tinguished gentlemen with whom I
had the pleasure of working.
"He was a true patriot of T&T. All
of his efforts were dedicated to the
development of institutions and peo-
ple of T&T."
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Senate pays tribute to Mansoor
ANSA Chemicals Ltd
chairman of the
Rondon, with a
bottle from the 500
cases of Clean &
donated yesterday to
the corporation. The
bleach will be used in
efforts in the region
after severe flooding.
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