Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 21st 2015 Contents A7
June 21, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
• From Page A6
'Smart, bright like a bulb'
Clear Water Road resident, Samdai
Sooknanan, 81, spoke highly about
Warner, who she decribed as a "people s
Sooknanan s husband Jagdeo, who
died 22 years ago, was one of Warner s
primary school classmates. She said
her husband often spoke about the fond
memories he shared with Warner while
"They were close friends in and out
of the classroom. They cooked, ate and
limed together. I never heard any com-
plaints from my husband and the com-
munity about Jack. My husband used
to tell me Jack was smart, bright like
a bulb, and would reach far. I live to
see that. It s a pity how he has fallen.
He is good man. I don t care what peo-
ple say. I believe he s innocent. I hope
he walks free."
Sooknanan said Warner s love for
Indians people started in Rio Claro and
to this day, he still believes in them.
Sooknanan said after Warner formed
the ILP, she met him in a political meet-
ing and reminisced about the good
times Jagdeo shared with him.
"I don t like how Jack is being treated.
He is not looking good. The politics
getting dirty and dangerous," said Sook-
nanan, a mother of 16.
'No weapon formed
against him shall prosper'
Along Guayaguayare Road, Hensley
Alexander, 62, believes Warner was set
up by people in the country as his
charges were perfectly timed for the
2015 election campaign.
"They are just trying to tarnish Jack s
good name and pull him down to get
rid of him, but I standing with Warner.
No weapon formed against him shall
prosper," said Alexander.
Vendor Narine Mahabir, of Deven
Drive, said Warner never turned his
back on Rio Claro people.
"He gave generously. Jack
pumped money into a lot of foot-
ball leagues in the community.
People in here profited from his
wealth. Jack looked out for every-
body. I don t know him to be a
bad man or villain as they are mak-
ing him out to be," said Mahabir,
a father of three.
Mahabir said Warner was made
a scapegoat in the Fifa scandal.
"If Warner was a White man
they would not have touched him.
Besides, I don t know why the USA
getting into Fifa business in the
first place. I think Warner is going
to fight them to the bitter end."
Mahabir said he hoped Warner
would not be extradited to Amer-
ica, fearing he would not get a fair
"The USA will try to set him up
and nail him to the cross."
Mahabir said his father, See-
bachan Mahabir, who died in 1991,
attended the same primary school
with Warner. He said he never
heard his father criticise Warner.
He said while Warner has to face
the courts to answer charges, tax-
payers money was being wasted
He said one case involves a
multi-million dollar contract that
was awarded for the construction
of a wall and box drain in the com-
"The kickbacks people getting
from this contract cost more than
the wall and box drain itself. But
they want to make Warner look
like the bad guy when everybody
filling their pockets," Mahabir said.
He was made a scapegoat---resident...
People profited from his wealth
• From Page A3
The empty office is already creating a problem
for the EMA as it attempted to issue a stop notice
Rio Claro resident Samdai
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
on the contractors behind the million-dollar
land works in Otaheite but have been unable to
locate any of the contractors behind the secret
Two weeks ago, the Sunday Guardian reported
illegal back filling from inland towards the sea
in Otaheite and learned then that four secret
contractors were responsible for the multi-mil-
lion-dollar land grab and landfill operations on
the water s edge in Otaheite.
The works are continuing unabated and the
land is still being filled and has already been
turned into a long stretch of waterfront property
in the industrial space next to Damus Oil Ltd.
Outgoing EMA chairman, Dr Allan Bachan,
in an interview with the Sunday Guardian on
Thursday said he was surprised that no one, not
even the workers on the job site knew who is
behind the works. "Well, with no commissioner
of state lands in place, I hate to think what could
happen because only that office can enforce the
State Lands Act," Bachan said.
Seemungal and Fletcher clashed months ago
over an alleged illegal land occupancy by Super
Industrial Services Ltd (SIS) in Couva.
While Fletcher had claimed then that SIS did
not have any rights to the 35-acres property,
Seemungal contradicted him, saying that SIS
was legally occupying the land but refused then
to divulge any details of the deal with SIS.
'Only commissioner's office can
enforce the State Lands Act'
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