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Former Independent Liberal Party (ILP) member,
councillor Faaiq Mohammed is moving quickly to recover
an outstanding debt from his former political leader Jack
Warner ahead of Warner s case with US authorities.
Mohammed said yesterday, he had started a defamation
lawsuit against Warner in 2013 after Warner made defamatory
remarks against him. Judgement was given in his favour in
July, 2014 for $220,000 as compensation.
Justice Vasheist Kokaram held that the allegation made by
Warner was "out-of-place, irresponsible and unsubstantiat-
Warner had claimed that Mohammed accepted a bribe
after he voted for a United National Congress (UNC)
candidate for the post of presiding officer during the
first meeting of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation,
almost a month after the local government elections in
Mohammed said since the court ruling he had made
several efforts to secure payment and for Warner without
"My lawyers have written to his lawyers and to him in his
personal capacity on several occasions demanding payment.
I have therefore been left
with no choice but to
issue bankruptcy pro-
ceedings against Mr
Warner on the ground
that he failed to or is
unable to discharge his
legal obligations to me
as ordered by the High
Court. This is clearly
evident by his continu-
ous refusal to pay the
monies to me."
"Having regard to Mr
Warner's recent indict-
ment in the United
States and given the
magnitude and spiral
web of the alleged
bribery and corruption
in which Mr Warner is
alleged to have played a
pivotal role, I fear that
the United States Department of Justice and the FBI may take
certain steps in relation to his assets that may prevent me
from ever recovering the monies owed to me."
Warner was arrested on a provisional warrant last Wednesday
after the US Government unsealed an indictment charging
him and 13 other football officials, with racketeering, money
laundering and wire fraud, linked to his tenure as a former
Fifa vice president. He has been released on $2.5 m bail after
spending a night in jail.
Mohammed said he had instructed my lawyers to institute
proceedings to recover my monies and demand that Warner
pays the debt.
"I am sure Mr Warner will not want to be declared bankrupt.
If he is so declared it should be noted that he will be disqualified
from standing for elections as he is prohibited under the Con-
stitution from offering himself as a candidate in the next
general elections. "
Mohammed said he now stands "vindicated in the decision
I took to leave and resign from the ILP and withdraw my
political allegiance in favour of the UNC as the issues now
cast a shadow of doubt and have brought a dark cloud of sus-
picion over Mr Warner's head."
Relatives of pensioner Dolly
Ramoutar have deliberately not told
her that her husband is dead as she
remains in a state of shock after
bandits raided their Siparia home.
Ramoutar, 86, who was also
stabbed in the attack, has been
restrained by nurses at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital.
Her husband, Balkaran Dookie, 76,
was found dead on Sunday during a
visit by his son Mukesh.
The son went to the house at Spring
Trace, after a neighbour had alerted
him that the couple were not seen hav-
ing breakfast in their porch as they nor-
When Mukesh entered the living
room, he saw the house ransacked, his
father slumped on a recliner and his
stepmother sitting on the floor beside
him with blood on her chest, back and
Ramoutar was stabbed six times on
her chest and back while Dookie was
fatally stabbed in the chest, police said.
Speaking by telephone yesterday, Shanti
Ramsamooj, said her mother was not
"She is still under a little loss of mem-
ory because I was talking to her and she
does not know what happened. All she
told me is the she wants to see him (Dook-
ie). It seems like she got a shock after the
"She talked to me good, she knew me,
she knew my aunt and she asked me for
my father. She asked me for him but I
could not tell her that he was dead because
of the condition she is in. When she asked
me where he is, I told her, I don't know,'
because she said she left him home and
she has not seen him. She does not know
that he died and the doctor said not to
tell her anything as yet," Ramsamooj said.
She added that Ramoutar said the ban-
dits stole her money.
Up to yesterday no one was arrested.
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