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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
is assuring the country that she will act
after receiving all the facts about allega-
tions of misconduct by Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan and the role played, if
any, by National Security Minister Gary
Griffith in the matter involving Police
Complaints Authority (PCA) director David
She made the comment in an impromptu
interview with reporters during yesterday s
Parliament tea break, noting that since her
return to the country on Thursday night,
she had not had time to meet with her two
Cabinet colleagues, although she said those
meetings would take place as soon as pos-
West filed an official complaint to acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams
in the matter on Wednesday.
It is alleged that Ramlogan attempted to
pervert the course of justice by requesting
that West withdraw his witness statement
in a Section 34 court matter involving busi-
nessmen Steve Ferguson and Ish Galbarans-
ingh in exchange for the PCA position.
Ramlogan has repeatedly denied this
claim, saying the allegation was part of a
wider political conspiracy designed to dam-
age the Government as the 2015 general
Yesterday, Persad-Bissessar confirmed
she was looking for details on the matter.
"Look, the allegations are very serious.
They are very grave allegations concerning
three very important officers in our land,
the office of the Attorney General, the office
of the Minister of National Security and
the director of the Police Complaints
Authority," she said.
She added because of the significance of
the offices involved, the investigation was
"not one in which we should run swiftly.
"I say hasten, hasten, hasten slowly, really,
because it affects such important offices
and it is my duty to hear all that we can,
to get all the information that we can and
then make decisions in the best interest of
the people of T&T," she added.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan yes-
terday begged the media to give him some
"Respect my privacy," Ramlogan said as
the T&T Guardian sought to get a response
from him on the growing calls for his res-
This even as there was more calls for his
immediate removal in the wake of the
announcement by acting Police Commission
Stephen Williams he had launched a probe
into allegations of witness tampering against
the AG by Police Complaints Authority
Director David West.
Yesterday, Ramlogan, who spent most of
the day at his home at Palmiste, San Fer-
nando, with his family, declined to com-
ment further on the issue.
"It is the subject of a police investigation
now. I have no comment to make," Ram-
logan said in a telephone interview.
The AG, who is residing at a gated villa
in Palmiste while refurbishment works to
his home continue, used his time away from
the office to visit his barber in Rambert
Village for a haircut.
Contacted again last evening after he had
got his haircut, Ramlogan once again
declined. He seemed upset at the alleged
"intrusion" and asked that he be left alone.
"I understand it is your job but please
respect my privacy, especially at a time like
this," Ramlogan implored.
Ramlogan, however, said he spent the
day in "quiet prayer," adding t he worked
from home. He also refused a request for
a photo of him at home.
On Thursday, Williams announced he
had appointed acting Deputy Commissioner
of Police (operations) Harold Phillip to inves-
tigate West s allegation that Ramlogan
attempted to pervert the course of justice.
West alleged Ramlogan asked him to
withdraw his witness statement in the
defamation lawsuit involving People s
National Movement leader Dr Keith Rowley
in exchange for him (West) being selected
for the PCA job.
Ramlogan s lawsuit relates to the failed
extradition matter concerning Section 34
applicants Steve Ferguson and Ish Gal-
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
upon her return to T&T on Thursday,
described the allegations against Ramlogan
as "very serious and very troubling." She
said a second senior government minister
was involved in the matter.
The PM said she would need to speak to
Ramlogan on the matter but added that he
remained AG "until whenever he is no
longer attorney general."
PM says she will not rush AG probe...
I will act in
NO REMIT OVER PCA HEAD
The PM admitted that up to
yesterday afternoon no meeting had
taken place with either of her Cabinet
"No, I have not yet met with either
gentleman. I will meet them as soon as I
can. I have not spoken with anyone on
the phone or in person," she said.
Asked if she had requested any
documents from the ministers, Persad-
Bissessar repeated: "I have indicated
that I will personally meet with them
and speak with them."
She said, however, that she "will do
what I think is right because it is the
right thing to do as I have always done.
There will be no friendship or friends or
family or partisan interests but instead I
will be looking at what is in the best
interest of the people of T&T."
Persad-Bissessar added: "At the
moment there are allegations flowing
left, right and centre and I cannot be
judge and jury. I think people are
innocent until proven guilty but I will
look at all statements coming from the
She said, however, she had "no remit
over the third office (PCA director).
Confirming she was officially informed
by Williams of the probe, Persad-
Bissessar said it was being carried out
because of the three very important
offices involved in the allegation.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaks to reporters during the tea break at yesterday's sitting of Parliament. At left is Housing
Minister Roodal Moonilal. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
AG spends day in
prayer, tells media:
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