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for 14TH JULY, 2015
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar has struck down embattled Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack
Warner s fresh allegations on the Section
34 issue as being crazy and false and has
asked her lawyers to take the requisite
action to stop "this malicious misinfor-
mation once and for all."
This after Warner held a media briefing
at the Normandie Hotel in Port-of-Spain
yesterday, where he read out a statement
on the Section 34 issue which he had
completed with Justice of the Peace
Anthony Soulette on May 29, the day after
he was released from prison after he failed
to secure bail when he first appeared in
the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court on
charges related to his dealings as a former
The statement chiefly alleges a con-
spiracy on the Section 34 matter by Gov-
ernment officials, spearheaded by Per-
sad-Bissessar, in order to "assist" former
UNC financiers Ish Galbaransingh and
Warner alleged that followed "receipt"
of a bribe, totalling $8.3 million, prior to
the May 2010 general election.
Detailing a series of alleged develop-
ments, Warner alleged that the Prime
Minister, in an effort to appease the US
government for "her misrepresentation
and mishandling of the Galbaransingh/Fer-
guson extradition and more so to neutralise
a powerful political opponent with the
capacity to lessen her party s chances at
the upcoming polls, she believes a golden
opportunity has arisen for her to get rid
of me based on the US charges."
Warner, who also made claims about
how former Justice Minister Herbert Vol-
ney was fired, said he was praying the PM
would deny his statements, send him a
pre-action protocol letter, refer him to her
attorney or talk about it on the platform.
He said he had two more issues "more
damning" than yesterday s allegations to
reveal and would also be doing an expose
on the waste water treatment project.
After being asked about Warner s claims
regarding Galbaransingh, Ferguson and
Section 34, Persad-Bissessar, responding
via statement, said: "I don t intend to
waste any more time on Mr Warner s ludi-
crous behaviour and crazy claims.
"The press conference held by Jack
Warner was a damp squib littered with
lies and more lies. I am responding at the
earliest opportunity in the hope this will
ensure that these outrageous claims by
Warner are treated with the contempt
She added: "Let me state very clearly
and unequivocally that these accusations
are false and without any foundation what-
"I hope that observers will by now have
noted the pattern of increasingly far-
fetched claims being made by this man
and how quickly each set of his claims
unravels once the facts are known. Every-
body knows his present plight and why
he is becoming so desperate. He is a
stranger to the truth."
In putting a timeline as she refuted his claims,
Persad-Bissessar said: "The record shows that Mr
Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh, presiding in the Port-of-
Spain High Court, stayed in November 2011 any
move to have Galbaransingh and Ferguson
extradited as being 'unjust, oppressive and unlawful.'
"This was well before the proclamation of Section
34 (in fact, almost one year before). So that claim of
a connection is, as others, absolute nonsense."
She added: "Section 34 was passed unanimously
by all sides of the House in 2012. It was
subsequently repealed within 24 hours of receiving
advice from the DPP to do so.
"As I stated at the time, I dealt with Minister
(Volney) as I needed to do. He had given erroneous
advice to the Cabinet and had failed to represent
accurately the position and views of the Chief
Justice and Director of Public Prosecutions."
Citing the contents of the statement she gave in
September 2012 on the matter of Section 34,
Persad-Bissessar added: "It gave me no pleasure to
dismiss him but all ministers in my Government are
accountable and when tough decisions have needed
to be taken, I have taken them."
She also denied Warner's allegations that she
instructed Attorney General Garvin Nicholas to sign
his extradition papers.
"In fact nothing has been signed by the AG to
date. Another lie.
"Let Mr Warner take his allegations to the
Integrity Commission, as he and others have done
before and for which I have been cleared on every
occasion. Let him take his allegations to the police
with the evidence he claims to have. This will put a
stop to this nonsense," she said.
She added: "I have a duty to the people of T&T to
lead this country and work tirelessly on their behalf. I
remain focused on the issues that really matter and
am doing everything I can to improve the lives of all
" I trust Mr Warner's desperate and fallacious
claims will be treated with the derision they deserve
by the people of T&T."
Contacted yesterday, Galbaransingh said he had
not seen Warner's statement or heard it and could
not comment. Ferguson didn't reply to calls.
Warner: $9.3m bribe passed in Section 34 fiasco
on high alert
Former Minister of National Security Jack Warner speaks to reporters during a news
conference at Radisson Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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