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Indicted former Fifa official Jack Warner
says he will indeed be contesting a seat
in T&T s upcoming general elections under
his Independent Liberal Party ticket---but
he hasn t decided which one yet.
Warner confirmed this as he spoke to
reporters outside the Parliament yesterday.
He returned to Parliament after being absent
for Wednesday s Lower House sitting due
to his court appearance on 12 bribery and
corruption charges arising out of his former
Asked about claims by United National
Congress officials that he didn t fund the
party or elections in 2010, Warner said for
20 years former UNC treasurer Chandresh
Sharma didn t know how much money
they had and couldn t sign cheques, "So
what does he know?"
Warner said he had his accountants look-
ing for cheque records of his funding,
including for the 2010 general elections
campaign, the UNC leadership election in
early 2010 and all those he gave cash to.
He said he would make them public, adding
one person was prepared to come forward
and that was enough. He claimed he paid
Sharma s salary in the 2001 18-18 Parlia-
mentary deadlock and also when Sharma
came out of Parliament then.
Warner couldn t say how much he assist-
ed financially with the UNC leadership
election, but would do so in the next couple
days. He said it was unfortunate and didn t
think it was necessary to say who he gave
"That s not my style but if that s what
it s come to, then so be it," he said.
Warner said it was "obscene and absurd"
for the Prime Minister to have read out the
charges against him at Wednesday s Par-
liament session, and he d deal with that.
He said the PM had been "trying her best
to demonise PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley
"She believes she s finished with Rowley
and she ll go after me now. But I ll go after
her, beginning last night and that goes
unending," he said. (See Page A11)
Warner said "as black" as the media had
painted Fifa jefe Sepp Blatter, the latter was
re-elected to head the world governing
body for football yesterday. He said the
voice of the people in Zurich had spoken
"so whatever you say about him, he s still
there. But I ll have my say here. Nobody
says the US has any divine right to host a
He said the US was wrong to "flex its
muscles" and lauded Russian president
Vladimir Putin for speaking out on the sit-
uation. "It s wrong and you guys (media)
must say so," Warner added.
While Warner was speaking, Fixin T&T s
Kirk Waithe sharply shouted to Warner
several times, asking about million-dollar
Local Organising Committee (LOC) fund-
Sparring with MPs
Inside the Parliament, Warner delivered
a statement to the Lower House saying he
was not present on Wednesday "since I
was in prison for things I knew nothing
about, but at the end of the day I ve worked
for this country fearlessly and I continue
to do so as a good patriot---nothing can be
done to impugn my character." He asked
Government why the state s team of legal
representatives in the current extradition
matter included an attorney "who is himself
a subject of two police investigations." The
state s team in the extradition matter against
him comprises Pamela Elder (SC), Gerald
Ramdeen, Jagdeo Singh, Alvin Pariagsingh
and Central Authority head Netram Kow-
But PP House leader Dr Roodal Moonilal
said there had been no findings of wrong-
doing against any attorney involved in the
extradition matter and the Legal Profession
act doesn t debar someone from functioning
merely on allegation of wrong-doing
although it may subject of police investi-
"Likewise, if an MP was accused of wrong
doing, whether locally or abroad, he s still
free to come to Parliament and represent
doing an MP s job." Moonilal said none of
the attorneys in the extradition case had
anything to debar them from functioning
and to suggest otherwise would be a vio-
lation of the attorney s rights and equality
MP organising UNC funding records
The Bankers Association of T&T says it is
committed to "working
closely" with local and
and law enforcement
agencies as the investi-
gation into corruption
and bribery charges lev-
elled against Chaguanas
West MP and Independ-
ent Liberal party leader
Jack Warner progresses.
In a press release yes-
terday, BATT said it has
"taken note of the fact that certain local com-
mercial banks have been named in the indictment
against Warner unsealed by the US Department
of Justice earlier this week.
On Wednesday, Warner, along with 13 other
Fifa officials, was indicted on racketeering and
bribery conspiracy related to his tenure as Fifa
vice president and Concacaf and Caribbean Foot-
ball Union president.
Warner faces a maximum 20 years imprison-
ment if eventually convicted. His sons Daryan
and Daryll face maximum terms of 10 years
imprisonment each after pleading guilty to charges
of "structuring financial transactions to evade
currency reporting requirements."
Warner is currently on $2.5 million bail after
appearing in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court
on Wednesday. It is alleged that Warner used
local banks and US banks to filter money he
obtained through illegal means.
Yesterday, BATT acknowledged that banks, "as
responsible corporate bodies, are committed to
co-operating fully with regulatory and law
enforcement agencies when engaged on matters
of a regulatory, legal and/or criminal nature."
However, the association said notwithstanding
those regulations, BATT and its membership "wish
to assure the banking public that customer con-
fidentiality continues to be paramount and the
discussion of any matters involving its clientele
will not be raised in the public domain."
It added that the BATT membership remains
committed to working with all agencies involved
in the Fifa investigation to the extent required as
this investigation progresses.
Meanwhile, head of the Financial Intelligence
Unit ,Susan Francois, said she was not in a position
to comment on the Warner investigation.
The FIU is the local agency charged will mon-
itoring money laundering and other illegal activities
within the T&T financial system.
In a message response, Francois said, "By law
the FIU is prohibited from commenting on any
matter which may or may not be receiving its
attention. We are unable to comment any fur-
ready to assist
A police officer retrains Fixin' T&T president Kirk Waithe after he tried to confront
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner over allegations of corruption outside the Parliament
Building, Tower D International Waterfront, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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