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Minister of Housing and Development Dr Roodal Moonilal gives Emily Glasgow and her parents Isaac
Glasgow and Shena Hosein the keys to their new home at a Housing Development Corporation distribution
ceremony at Corinth Hills, Ste Madeleine, yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Former National Security Minister
and adviser to the Prime mInister,
Gary Griffith says he never held any
meeting or spoke to the Prime Min-
ister, Housing Minister Roodal
Moonilal or any police officer on an
alleged ganja find outside a window
of the PM s Palmiste house in 2013.
Griffith yesterday flatly denied alle-
gations of a cover-up, which were made
by embattled former National Security
Minister Jack Warner.
Warner has claimed he, Moonilal,
Griffith and former DCP Mervyn
Richardson participated in 2013 in a
cover-up of the alleged discovery of
four ounces of marijuana outside a win-
dow on the Prime Minister's proper-
"It's simply not true," Griffith said.
He pointed out that there were more
than 40 workers---including member
of the police and maintenance work-
ers---who have access to and operate in
and around the PM's house at any given
He said, "I have never held any meet-
ing or even spoke to the Prime Minister,
or Minister Moonilal or any police offi-
cer on this alleged matter, nor has any
of them spoken to me about it, so who
was I involved with in covering up this
Griffith was the National Security
adviser to the PM in April 2013.
"I have never seen or been informed
by any police officer of any illegal sub-
stance being acquired at the home of
the Prime Minister, nor any police report
shown to me, or me being informed
that there was even a report.
"So how can I be involved in a cover
up, when I don't even know if there
was ever an illegal substance, or if the
illegal substance was tested and proven
to be marijuana, or if someone was
apprehended, or if there were suspects,
or who were the investigating officers?
If I was not aware of any of this, and
I have never spoken to any of the rel-
evant personnel, then how can I be
involved in a cover up?"
He added, "There was nothing to
have covered up, for me to cover up."
He noted that Warner's claim came
less than 24 hours after the PM's
announcement of general elections.
"From what I am being told, here
the alleged narcotic substance was found
on the window ledge of the home. This
window ledge was outside the house.
Why would any drug dealer or user in
their right mind, place such an expen-
sive and damning piece of evidence on
a window ledge for obvious viewing of
others and hence confiscation?"
Even if an illegal substance was found,
Griffith said, it was impossible for any
government official to give any police
officer an order to cover up any matter
that warrants a police investigation or
a possible charge for someone com-
mitting a criminal offence.
"The Police Service comes under
the Ministry of National Security for
administration, policy, and logistics
support services. It is not in any remote
way, under the authority of government
officials---inclusive of National Security,
National Security Council or Office of
the Prime Minister---for operational
purposes, which includes investigations
and reporting a crime."
"Any police officer that agrees to
such a request to cover up a case would
be perverting the course of justice and
he would be culpable as much as those
who attempted to influence him to cover
up any case. And, if as reported, the
only information brought forward was
that a substance was found. No Gov-
ernment official saw the alleged sub-
stance, nor do I believe that the police
ever report back to anyone, to verify if
the substance was indeed an illegal sub-
stance, so it would be impossible for
anyone to state that an illegal substance
was found other than the police."
"Additionally, if such an illegal sub-
stance was discovered, there would be
a police report made, which if true, it
would be on file, so it is impossible to
cover up a matter if evidence and a
report was made.
He said the Police alone should
answer if such an illegal substance was
indeed found on the premises of the
It would be the mandate of the police
to report and charge anyone who
attempts to bribe or influence a police
officer to cover up a criminal offence,
An alleged conspiracy to cover
up marijuana reportedly found at
the home of Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar two years
ago is enough to implicate Jack
Warner in yet another criminal
case, says Housing Minister Dr
Moonilal was responding to a
statement by Warner, reported in
the Sunday Express newspaper,
alleging that Moonilal, Warner
himself and two others failed to
report the discovery of a quantity
of marijuana at the Phillipine home
of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar in April 2013.
The two other identified in
Warner's statement were former
security adviser Captain Gary Grif-
fith and DCP Mervyn Richardson.
Speaking to reporters after dis-
tributing 100 Housing Develop-
ment Corporation (HDC) homes
at Corinth Hills, Ste Madeleine,
yesterday, Moonilal said he became
aware of the allegations after read-
ing the newspaper yesterday.
He accused Warner of having a
sinister agenda to escape extradi-
"I have taken note of the alle-
gation and it is very sad. I think
Warner is becoming increasingly
delusional. I think he is laying a
foundation for him to be arrested
on criminal charges in Trinidad as
a way of fighting an extradition
"Warner is wanted in the United
States. Warner is the most famous
American fugitive in history. He is
also out on bail in Trinidad and I
think he is building a case so he
can be arrested on criminal
charges," Moonilal said.
He added, "From what I read,
Warner is confessing to conspiracy
to pervert the course of public jus-
tice. I am not involved in that, by
any stretch of the imagination and
I think he is becoming very des-
perate. I will not be drawn into his
circus and his sideshow."
Asked whether he was aware of
the marijuana discovery having
been reported to the police, Mooni-
lal said, "I prefer not to discuss
that. Like Richardson, I have no
comment and like (Gary) Gould, I
really cannot recall these matters.
I have no information on that. It
is almost shocking that Warner is
now swearing to lies and incrim-
inating police officers who have
been serving this country for 60
He noted, "Warner is sinking at
a rapid pace and he wants to sink
everybody in his bacchanal. He is
becoming like Enid Blyton or Al
Ramsawak who writes about Mon-
key Polo, where every week he has
a story. I don't want to get involved
in Warner's circus."
Asked whether the matter
should be investigated by the police,
Moonilal said, "The media need to
speak to the police. I stopped doing
police work many years ago."
It's not true---Griffith
Meanwhile, Works Minister Dr
Suruj Rambachan also denied
knowledge of the plot to cover up
the alleged marijuana find.
"I don't know anything about
this. I have been treating
whatever Jack Warner says with
the scantest of courtesies. I don't
want to comment on that until I
have heard from those who are
making the allegations. Those
people ought to be able to prove
the veracity of what they are
saying," Rambachan said.
He also advised Warner " to
deal with his problems."
Rambachan said he has already
taken legal action against Warner
for allegations made against him
and the matters will be heard in
July and October.
Labour Minister Errol Mc Leod
also said that he had no
knowledge of any marijuana
being found at the prime
Suruj, Mc Leod
According to a statement filed by
Warner on April 12, 2013, while he was
Minister of National Security, DCP
Richardson came to him in Parliament
and informed him that one of the PM's
security officers at her residence had
found a packet of marijuana outside
her window and based on the amount,
it could be for the purpose of
trafficking. Warner alleged that he
spoke to Moonilal and a plot was
hatched to cover up the matter.
Warner was also not immediately
available for comment.
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams did not
immediately respond to calls or
People's National Movement
officials, including vice chairman
Colm Imbert did not answer calls
yesterday on the issue, but PNM
sources suggested a statement
from the Opposition could come
Movement for Social Justice
leader David Abdulah was also
contacted but did not answer calls.
MPs on Warner's weed cover-up allegation
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