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Congress of the People leader and Jus-
tice Minister Prakash Ramadhar yester-
day urged former Fifa vice president and
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader
Jack Warner to go the United States to
face trial in connection with the ongoing
corruption scandal, insisting that the
country s reputation has been tarnished.
"This is the battle for truth and T&T
has to have its image repolished so that
the true beauty of the nation be seen and
not be identified by the actions of Mr
Warner and those around him. I think it
is so important for him to save the rep-
utation of this country," Ramadhar told
local and international members of the
media during a press conference at the
COP s Flagship House in St Clair yester-
Warner is one of 14 people wanted by
the United States on suspicion of soliciting
bribes worth millions in his Fifa dealings.
He has been charged with multiple offens-
es, including racketeering and bribery,
but has denied the charges.
Warner, currently on $2.5 million bail
after his arrest locally, is expected to reap-
pear in court on July 12. However, he has
threatened to reveal secrets regarding
"resources" he provided for Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar s 2010 gen-
eral election campaign, which are pur-
portedly linked to Fifa.
Scoffing at this yesterday, Ramadhar
said if Warner was innocent as he claimed
he should not have a problem going to
New York to face the courts.
"Go to your trial so that we will hear
what the facts are and not what you say
they are. And when you go we hope that
what you speak will be the truth and not
further allegations, as what we have had
with you over the last couple of days.
"This is a problem for all of Trinidad
and Tobago and the solution rests in the
heart, conscience and in the hands of Mr
Warner. If it is that Mr Warner cares about
this country then he should go to the US
and have his trial there."
He added, "At the end of the day we
don t want technicalities. We want truth.
As a lawyer, and I will tell you that for
many years the innocent always rush for
an early trial, so as a patriot I am asking
for him to do so."
On details of the questionable trans-
actions made by Warner, Ramadhar said
due to the judicial process it would be
inappropriate for him to speak on matters
before the court.
"These are charges that emanate from
the United States and therefore the con-
duct of this Government is only to ensure
that the judicial process for extradition
is engaged. The Attorney General has
done what he has to do," Ramadhar said.
But he warned that sometimes extra-
dition matters could be dragged on for a
lengthy period by attorneys.
On his relationship with Warner,
Ramadhar described it as one of indif-
ference. He said since 2011 he had called
for Warner s removal from the Cabinet,
adding that when the ILP was created he
also had views on that, especially with
the use of money in politics.
"I thought that it was a very dangerous
development...he having been elected to
Chaguanas West having regard to all the
Congress of the People leader Prakash
Ramadhar says neither he nor any other
Government member has been interviewed by
US authorities regarding political funding which
may have been provided to the party by Jack
However, he pledged this country's
cooperation with the ongoing probe.
"I have no knowledge of Mr Warner's funding
but I can tell you Mr Warner has embarked on a
process of getting rid of the Congress of the
People from very early on. So it will be shocking
if he helped us financially," Ramadhar said as he
responded to reports that the FBI had
questioned some Government officials in
connection with the case.
Asked if he had any conversation with Warner
about handing himself to US authorities
Ramadhar said he had not.
Warner, who still holds the position of an MP,
was also problematic, Ramadhar said.
Saying that Warner was still popular,
Ramadhar added that he not only had a say in
the Parliament but also questioned the integrity
"It is a problem because he stands in the
Parliament with the authority of the Parliament,
but that is the democratic process we have
engaged in and there is no process to remove
him unless he is extradited," Ramadhar added.
But he said he was certain the constituents of
Chaguanas West would deal with that matter
On whether he believed Warner has not acted
in the best interests of T&T, Ramadhar was also
vocal on this.
"I will not say that he has not acted in the
interests of Trinidad and Tobago, but what is
being unearthed now is that it is a serious self
interest and I can't say now what proportions of
his actions were in the interest of T&T or that it
was self motivated under the cover of the
interset of T&T," Ramadhar said.
Efforts to contact Warner yesterday were
unsuccessful as he did not answer calls to his
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QUIZZED BY FBI
Prakash urges Jack to head to US
Face trial so we
can get truth
allegations," Ramadhar said.
"I thought that at that point in time something
had gone wrong with the democracy. I thought
that it had been disturbed and the Congress of
the People had taken a strong position on that.
We do not belive in the use of money for political
"Mr Warner s actions of the past has really pol-
luted the stream of the politics of this nation."
Congress of the People leader Prakash Ramadhar greets a member of the foreign media
after a press conference at COP's Flagship House in St Clair yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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