Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 4th 2015 Contents Embattled former Fifa vice-president and
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack
Warner is now saying that there is a link
between Fifa s millions and the successful
People s Partnership political campaign in
During an eight-minute address to the nation
last night, Warner said he had compiled a series
of cheques and supporting documents that
corroborate his financial support to the PP's
successful general campaign in 2010 and its link
to Fifa. These documents have already been put
in the hands of his attorneys.
"The link between Fifa, its funding and me,
the link between Fifa, its funding and the United
National Congress and the People's Partnership
government," Warner said.
"These documents deal with the Section 34
fiasco, it also deals with my knowledge of the trans-
actions at Fifa, including but not limited to its pres-
ident Mr Sepp Blatter and lastly other matters
involving the nation's current Prime Minister."
Warner said because he is now genuinely afraid
for his life, he has passed the packet of documents
on to several lawyers and the matter is now out of
"It is beyond even my own reach, retracting them
is an impossibility. There can be no turning back," he
He said his lawyers were making contact with local
and foreign law enforcement officials based on the
material contained in his statements.
"Even if these approaches do not bear fruit, my
careful dissemination on the material to certain persons
of standing in society means there can be no reversal,"
he said, adding that this was a sad turn of events.
Warner apologised for not speaking out on these
matters sooner and did not offer an expla-
nation as to why he kept these secrets' away
from the public.
"My judgement was initially that the Peo-
ple's Partnership, as bad as it was, and still
is, was better for this country than any other
government, except possibly a government
of the ILP," he said.
"I will no longer keep secrets for them, I will no
longer keep secrets for those persons who seek to
actively destroy this country's hard-won international
"At the age of 72 years old, I have no intention
of allowing them of depriving me of my freedom."
Warner admitted that he had neglected his family
for years and now they were experiencing a "turbulent
future," but said he had placed his own future in the
hands of his constituents.
"I have told the truth in my statements and before
you tonight, and with God's grace, the people of this
country will in due course make a judgement on the
basis of what I said to them," he said and asked for
the people to pray for him and his family.
Managing director of Republic Bank Ltd
(RBL) David Dulal-Whiteway yesterday con-
firmed that the bank is assisting interna-
tional investigators in the Fifa corruption
"We have been supportive of whatever
the regulators have been looking for. We will
continue to provide that support," Dulal-
Whiteway said at a press conference yester-
RBL and two other local banks --- First
Citizens and Intercommercial Bank --- are
among six Caribbean banks listed as having
completed wire transfers of large sums of
money for senior current and former Fifa
officials, among them Trinidadian jack
Warner, a former Fifa vice-president, and
others who are charged with multiple
counts of racketeering, money laundering
and wire fraud involving US$150 million.
None of the banks were charged with
any crime or regulatory violation in the
indictment announced by the US Depart-
ment of Justice last week.
Yesterday, Dulal-Whiteway said if any
documentation was needed by the inves-
tigators, the documents would be passed
to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).
"The main thing is to make sure that
the bank did what it was supposed to do,
which so far, we feel we have confidently
done. Once we have met all those require-
ments, then we are sure we did what had
to be done from a customer/banker rela-
tionship. I feel quite comfortable," he said.
Dulal-Whiteway said RBL has also not
been approached by the T&T Securities
Exchange Commission in connection with
Last week, the Bankers' Association of T&T
(BATT) also said it was committed to work
with local and foreign regulators and law
enforcement agencies as the investigation pro-
BATT said it had taken note of the fact that
local commercial banks have been named in
the indictment against Chaguanas West MP
It added: "Banks, as responsible corporate
bodies, are committed to co-operate fully with
regulatory and law enforcement agencies when
engaged on matters of a regulatory, legal and/or
fully in Fifa probe
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