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Embattled Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) MP Jack Warner yesterday said the
US authorities had not called him to ask
him "one question" before they moved on
Fifa officials in Zurich and New York yes-
Warner, a former Fifa official and Concacaf
president, made the comment early yester-
day, before 7 am, soon after T&T woke up
to the news that US authorities had indicated
him on racketeering and other issues and
was seeking to extradite him to deal with
this. Later in the afternoon he appeared in
court on the matter.
Warner said he had not been with Fifa
for the last four years and while he was
aware the Swiss authorities had been inves-
tigating, the US authorities had not called
him to asked him "one question" and he
had heard the news on TV "like everybody
He said if anyone wanted him "I m right
here in my office in T&T."
Warner said he had visited the US a year
ago since he has a house in Miami.
"I went to visit my property," he added
when asked about his visit.
Warner, however, maintained that Fifa
was more powerful than any government
and even the United Nations, since the UN
had 190 members and Fifa had 215.
A couple hours later, Warner also said:
"My attention has been drawn to certain
developments in world football which started
several hours ago and is at the present time
"It has been reported that a number of
Fifa officials have been arrested in Switzer-
land and that at least one raid conducted
by the Federal Bureau of Investigators in
Miami is being executed at what I presume
to be Concacaf offices.
"My name is being reported by interna-
tional media as being one of those persons
sought in connection with the probe.
"The people of Trinidad and Tobago will
know that I quit Fifa and international football
more than four years ago and that over the
past several years I have recommitted my
life to the work of improving the lot of every
citizen of every creed and race in this nation.
This is where I have let my bucket down."
Warner added: "I have fought fearlessly
against all forms of injustice and corruption.
I have been afforded no due process and I
have not even been questioned in this matter.
I reiterate that I am innocent of any charges.
"I have walked away from the politics of
world football to immerse myself in the
improvement of lives in this country where
I shall, God willing, die."
He said the actions of FIfa no longer con-
"That is no longer my concern. My focus
at this stage of my life is on the people of
T&T. I wish to advise the hundreds of thou-
sands of persons who support the ILP that
my commitment to them and to the people
of Trinidad and Tobago is undaunted and
can never be broken," he added.
Chaguanas West constituents have
expressed sadness over the arrest of
their Member of Parliament Jack
Warner on allegations of corruption
and now want to know if this means
that they will stand unrepresented
When T&T Guardian visited the
area yesterday there were mixed reac-
tions to the news of his arrest in con-
nection with the US Government
probe into corruption in Fifa. However,
the majority of people said they were
shocked and saddened.
Sahadeo Ramroop, 68, of Char-
lieville, Chaguanas, described Warner
as a kind-hearted man who went out
of his way to help people.
"He would take out money from
his own pocket and help people. Some
of them he built houses for.
"He real fix up the constituency
with nice roads, box drains and recre-
ation grounds. Does this mean now
that his seat will become vacant? Well
if he is on corruption charges, well,
that s his business, he will have to see
"It is something that everybody
would feel sad for him but he will now
have to go and prove himself innocent
if he is," he said.
Felicity resident Surujday Basdeo,
65, also attested to Warner s kind-
"I met him personally and he is a
very nice man. He helped bury two
of my relatives because they were dirt
poor and we couldn t afford to bury
them. I sorry for him and I hope he
get out some how."
Another resident of Cacandee Road,
who wished not to be identified, blunt-
ly said he never liked Warner as a can-
didate and representative for the con-
stituency because of all the allegations
of fraud which loomed over his head.
"I never supported Jack. He was
too good to be true," the resident said.
Dularie Jaikaran, 60, said her heart
goes out to Warner and his entire fam-
"I am sure they are going through
a tough time now because that kind
of allegation is very serious. I can t
say nothing bad about him. He was
good to the people of Felicity."
Another man, Ramesh Bandll, said
he did not really care what happened
"He ain t mean nothing to me, nah.
He will have to face whatever now,"
ILP leader: I was never questioned
Opposition PNM PRO Faris Al-Rawi:
"One of PNM leader Dr (Keith) Rowley's first
tasks (soon after his swearing in) was to
call for the prime minister to remove
Warner from the Cabinet concerning his Fifa
role. He also moved a motion against
Warner in the Parliament.
"Mr Warner, in this current (indictment)
situation, will have to speak to his defence
of the matter and due process will have to
be followed and he must be afforded due
process and we await the outcome. Given
the issue and process, it has far-reaching
implications that remain to be seen.
"The PNM's position? Dr Rowley has been
very clear on matter. Let the chips fall where
they may and let's see what happens. It's
"It gives me no pleasure to speak about
this in the same way it would give me no
pleasure to have to speak on matters
regarding the Prime Minister, or any
minister, or anyone who gives public
PP House Leader Roodal Moonilal: "I
have no comment but we're monitoring it as
a Government since a process is ongoing.
No, I don't believe we've ever had a situation
(extradition) like this with a sitting MP.
Mr Panday was a sitting MP when he had
matters in the court but it didn't concern
"It's also ludicrous and mind boggling to
insinuate or think it has anything to do with
the election and even disrespectful to the
US authorities to think so, since they are far
removed and do their work by their own
principles and procedures."
Mixed reaction in Chaguanas West
Ramesh Bandll and Dularie Jaikaran speaking about their MP Jack Warner.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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