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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar yesterday distanced herself
from concerns raised in the public
that her political party, the United
National Congress, may have
received financial support from
embattled political leader of the Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack
Warner was recently charged by the
United States Department of Justice
with racketeering, wire fraud and
money laundering offences in relation
to his tenure as a Fifa vice-president
and Concacaf president.
He was finally released from the
Port-of-Spain prison on Frederick
Street last evening after being granted
bail of $2.5 million.
In the fallout following Warner s
arrest on Wednesday, there had been
public debate in many circles, includ-
ing social media, about Warner being
a major financier of the PP s 2010
But following the official opening
of the Maloney Police Station yester-
day, Persad-Bissessar told reporters
she received no financing from Warner.
In fact, she said, Warner may have
financed his own campaign in 2010.
"As leader of the Partnership and
leader of the UNC, I received no
financing whatsoever from Mr Warner,
either prior to the election in 2010,
my party s internal elections and
thereafter," Persad-Bissessar said.
She said she also received no financ-
ing from Warner for the Tobago elec-
tions in 2012.
"I definitely received no funding
from Mr Warner, as leader of the Part-
nership or as leader of the United
Persad-Bissessar also said compar-
ison between Warner and UNC fin-
anciers---Ishwar Galbaransingh and
Steve Ferguson---were unjustified.
A High Court judge ruled that busi-
nessmen Galbaransingh and Ferguson
should not be extradited to the United
States in 2011.
The men had faced a plethora of
charges arising out of alleged fraud-
ulent activities in the Piarco Interna-
tional Airport Development Project
Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh even-
tually ruled that any move to have
Galbaransingh and Ferguson extradited
would be "unjust, oppressive and
He quashed an October 9, 2010
decision of Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan to sign the order of extra-
dition for both men, saying that the
context was that it was a local airport
and local money spent, while the men
were accused of defrauding T&T s
"The situations are very different,"
"The process is the same, which is
to say the request is made from the
Government of the United States to
the Government of T&T for the pro-
vision of arrest and for extradition.
"That provisionary request is then
taken before a magistrate for the mag-
istrate to have issued a local warrant
for the arrest of the person and there-
after fix a date for the extradition pro-
ceedings," she added.
She said in both cases, the extra-
dition requests were signed by the
Attorney General before the matter
went to court.
"Thus far, things are proceeding
along the same way but I am told in
that matter (Piarco fiasco) the state
attorneys had objected to bail and
those persons spent months in jail
before the matter was finally deter-
mined in court.
"In this case the Government did
not object to bail and indeed bail was
granted but I understand the problem
with the bail is that the person is not
so far able to provide the sureties
needed," she said.
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PM on election finance queries:
Attorney General Garvin Nicholas has scoffed
at claims that the People s Partnership Government
had a hand in the arrest of Independent Liberal
Party political leader and Chaguanas West MP Jack
Warner, a former Fifa vice-president, was slapped
with eight charges, including racketeering, conspiracy
to defraud and illegal wire transfers, arising out of
a US investigation into the activities of the world
governing body for football.
However, noting the closeness of the general elec-
tion, Warner s ILP colleagues have suggested that
the PP may have had a hand in the matter. (See Page
A8)Speaking on i95.5FM yesterday, Nicholas made it
clear that the Government had no vendetta against
Warner. He said T&T was simply following its respon-
sibility to uphold the law, adding that no one would
be treated differently under the law.
Responding to the criticisms that there was some
kind of manipulation by the Government, Nicholas
said the notion was ridiculous.
He asked: "T&T has become so powerful under
this Government in the last five years that we can
manipulate Switzerland, we can manipulate the Unit-
ed States, we can manipulate the United Kingdom?
"And if that is case then I think that is excellent
evidence why we should stay in government, because
it means we have become the most powerful country
in the world."
He said that was an investigation set in motion
by the US and with Switzerland and the UK being
"This is an international investigation into the
conduct of Fifa. T&T has no absolutely no say in
this matter," Nicholas added.
Regarding any political fallout between this country
and its international partners, Nicholas said he did
not foresee that.
"We have a responsibility to uphold the law. That
is my responsibility as Attorney General. I am not
going to treat anybody differently.
"The issue before us is that a State in which we
have an extradition treaty has applied, making certain
requests. These requests are not new. While I have
been Attorney General we have had similar requests
for other persons," he explained.
He said during his tenure he presided over the extra-
dition of four other people to the US and to the UK.
Describing Warner s extradition request as "just
another request," Nicholas, however, admitted it was
"far more high-profiled" in nature.
On whether Warner s arrests could work against
the PP Government, Nicholas said it was up to the
population to judge but he said he was sure the issue
would lead to citizens having more faith in the sys-
"The population will obviously have to judge what
is the political fallout if any with regards to this but
all the population can really see is this is a Government
that is following the legal procedure and therefore I
cannot predict any political fallout as a result, Nicholas
AG scoffs at claims PP had hand in matter
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