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for 16TH JUNE, 2015
Prove it, Prime Minister!
That s the challenge thrown out to
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
yesterday by embattled Independent
Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack Warner,
who also accused acting Police Com-
missioner Stephen Williams of not
speaking the truth on the alleged ganja
which Warner claims was discovered
on the PM s property on April 12, 2013.
Warner, who claimed he had spoken
to the PM on it at the time while she
was in the US, says she must prove
she was in T&T and must also prove
there was no "weed" in her house.
"...And she must also tell T&T about
her closeness to (sacked minister) Anil
Roberts and the reason for that," he
added at a Centre of Excellence,
Macoya, media briefing yesterday.
He said the PM, Williams and retired
deputy commissioner of police Mervyn
Richardson were "lying on the matter"
and Williams was trying to "cover up
"Why?" Warner added, calling for
Williams to "do his job, go to the
(police) station (in question) and take
the (station) diary.
"If the deputy commissioner of
police doesn t speak the truth, who
will? And he says it s all about poli-
tics," he said, also accusing Richardson
of "doing a good job covering up."
Warner called the briefing to talk
about fall-out following his weekend
allegation that four ounces of ganja
were allegedly found on a ledge outside
a window on the PM s Palmiste prop-
erty in 2013.
He claimed Richardson had told him
that on April 12, 2013, when it was
allegedly found. He was national secu-
rity minister at the time.
He claimed he called the People s
Partnership s Dr Roodal Moonilal on
it and he suggested Warner speak to
the PM, who was in the US.
Warner claimed he spoke to Per-
sad-Bissessar and she asked if she
should return home and resign and he
prevailed on her not to, while himself
Moonilal and Richardson "buried" the
Yesterday, Warner said the PM s
adviser in 2013, Gary Griffith, wasn t
involved in the cover-up but was later
told of it. He, however, revealed tapes
of conversations on the issue he had
with Griffith and who also "bad talked"
Warner said he always had a "gut
feeling" the day would come when he
would have to "show T&T who the
Prime Minister is, who Richardson is
and who Jack Warner is," so he kept
tapes for a day like that.
Warner said he was talking of the
alleged ganja issue now since it was
time for re-election and Persad-Bisses-
sar "is unfit to be re-elected... this is
the tip of the iceberg, I ent start yet!"
He said he didn t say anything until
now since he had been hoping for some
kind of investigation to close the chap-
ter and since there was none, he did
so.He also added there was a point in
time when he would have given his life
for the PM, since he thought she was
a victim of the cabal---"Ramlogan,
Suruj, Moonilal, Sharma"---and had
not replied to PP attacks.
But he said when the US issued an
arrest warrant for him and "my Prime
Minister tell the AG to sign it and go
for him, I said that can t be the cabal.
So my eyes opened and this Teflon
Prime Minister had to be exposed."
Warner said he was compelled to
speak yesterday because Griffith had
called him last Sunday on the ganja
story but since then everything had
been done to discredit him, including
the acting CoP s statement on the mat-
ter. (See Page A5)
He also said he was speaking out
since Express reporter Denyse Renne
had been "demonised", including by
colleagues in the same paper, he
claimed, for writing last weekend s
Warner detailed how he called Renne
on his way home after he left the Par-
liament last Friday (when elections
He said she said she was in Moruga
but he told her to wait for him in San
Juan, since he had something to give
her. He said he met her there later and
gave her a June 6, 2015, affidavit he
had done by Justice of the Peace
Anthony Soulette on the matter.
In defending Renne and saying she
was treated unfairly, Warner challenged
yesterday s Express report by Anna
Ramdass which stated that according
to the T&T Gazette, the appointment
of MP Winston Dookeran, who acted
for the PM when she went to the US
in April 2013, was effective April 14.
He claimed the instrument of
appointment was issued April
12.The Chaguanas MP detailed
futile efforts he made in seek-
ing records from the VIP
Lounge, Foreign Affairs and
NY Consulate to ascertain
the PM s location during the
period. He said Parliament
staff said she was not in
Parliament on April 12, 2013.
He added: "It s not my
burden to prove the PM
was out of T&T but she
has to prove she was in
T&T and up to now she hasn t proved
Warner claimed Richardson showed
him a picture on his phone of the
alleged ganja evidence. He said it would
be easy for TSTT to check Richardson s
phone records on this.
He said he was told the officer in
the station in question took a picture
but would not name the officer or
station and urged the media to follow
He claimed sentry diaries at the
Diplomatic Centre residence were also
PM horrified by report
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar last night reiterated that
she was out the country when the
alleged marijuana find was made.
However, she was horrified and dis-
turbed by the reports on the mat-
ter.In a statement, she said, "Today
the police have commented on a
substance they reportedly found on
the common grounds outside of my
residence more than two years ago.
These grounds are under the con-
trol of state security services, includ-
ing the army, Special Branch and
the police. Many staff, workmen and
other individuals are allowed by
security services onto the property
"I was out of country when secu-
rity services are reported to have
made this discovery. Needless to say,
I am horrified and disturbed to hear
She added, "While the timing of
this disclosure is clearly political, I
have faith in the police to investigate
their own conduct and that of all
the law enforcement professionals
Jack alleges major cover-up in ganja find
Chaguanas MP Jack Warner
said yesterday that after "flawed"
reports in the Express and from
the acting CoP, he had to use the
tapes he allegedly recorded with
Griffith to prove his case.
In the first the voice recording,
which Griffith yesterday
confirmed was his, he said the PM
comes to Parliament and stays in
her office there and goes home
and that her weekends are from
Friday night to Wednesday, so
when the PP came to ask for
another five years, people had to
ask if they wanted a five-day
weekend. The voice is also heard
telling Warner they both have
enough "ammo" on the PP.
In another tape, which Warner
claimed was made last weekend,
Griffith insisted he was not
involved in a cover-up on the
weed issue and had not spoken to
He said the police would have
to speak on the issue and the
onus was on them --- Richardson
and Garth Gould --- of the Special
Branch, to "come clean and admit
they" found something."
Griffith is also heard telling
Warner he would not deny that
he knew about the issue but could
not say it was marijuana.
In a third tape, both continue to
debate the matter, with Griffith
saying he could not come forward
on the matter and Warner is
heard asking if he should call
reporter Renne and tell her to call
In another tape made yesterday
morning, Griffith is heard asking
Warner if he had heard the acting
Cop's statement on the issue and
deciding what to say, with Warner
saying: All you have to do Gary is
tell the truth."
Warner also revealed text
messages between himself and
Griffith taped discussing issue
PM must prove it
A text message which Chaguanas
West MP Jack Warner claims was
an exchange between himself and
former national security minister
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