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May 26, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
US Vice President Joe Biden and
his wife Dr Jill Biden are expected
to arrive here tomorrow at 4 pm
at the Piarco International Airport
for an official visit.
The Bidens leave on Tuesday
According to the White House
Web site, Biden looks forward to
meeting with Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar as well as leaders
of other Caribbean countries,
whom she has "graciously offered
"This trip will be an important
chance to discuss our collective
efforts to promote economic growth
and development, access to energy
and our ongoing collaboration on
Biden is the 47th vice president
of the United States, jointly elected
with President Barack Obama. He
is a member of the Democratic
Party and was a US senator from
Delaware from January 3, 1973, until
his resignation on January 15, 2009,
following his election to the vice
He was elected to a second term
alongside Obama in 2012.
Obama visited Trinidad in 2009
for the Summit of the Americas.
On Tuesday, the Bidens will pay
courtesy calls on President Anthony
Carmona and Prime Minister
The US Vice President will also
attend a press conference at the
Diplomatic Centre, St Ann s.
Information posted on the Web
site said Biden will also travel to
Brazil and Colombia this week.
It stated: "In each country, the
Vice President will meet with key
leaders to discuss the full range of
bilateral and regional issues.
"In Brazil, he looks forward to
the opportunity to meet with Pres-
ident Rousseff and Vice President
Temer and discuss ways to deepen
our economic and commercial
partnership and further our engage-
ment on the broad array of bilateral,
regional, and global issues that con-
nect our two countries.
"In Colombia, the Vice President
will meet with President Santos to
build on security relations and focus
on ways to further the prosperity
of our two countries."
General manager Hilton Trinidad
and Conference Centre Leroy
Browne could not give any infor-
mation about the Biden s stay.
He would only say, "We have a
and safeguard the privacy of our
guests and team members including
past, current and future guests or
"We therefore cannot provide
any information regarding the VP s
visit or any details that may jeop-
ardise such privacy."
Traffic restrictions have not yet
been announced by the T&T Police
United National Congress fin-
ancier Ishwar Galbaransingh says
he did not purchase his freedom.
Galbaransingh, a businessman,
said in a brief telephone interview
and also denied that he s one of
the "boys" mentioned in the e-
mails presented by Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley in Parlia-
ment on Monday.
Galbaransingh was asked
whether he gave monies to gov-
ernment officials in a bid to ensure
he escaped the confines of the law.
He denied doing this.
Asked whether he contributed
towards the People s Partnership
Government during the election
campaign, Galbaransingh said, "No,
no, no. I did not fund any monies
for the People s Partnership Gov-
Galbaransingh, when asked
whether he was one of the "boys"
who was referred to in the e-mails,
said, "That s none of my business.
I stand clear of people s business.
This matter is sub judice and I have
no comment to make."
On Monday, one of the e-mails
read by Rowley was dated Saturday,
September 8, 2012.
The e-mail was sent from the
address "email@example.com" to the
mail.com," "firstname.lastname@example.org" and
with the subject "Help needed."
The e-mail read: "There s an
article a reporter from Guardian
called me about involving our boys.
I need you to get your feelers out
there and nip the story. Call the
Sunday Guardian Editor and threat-
en her with ads if you have to just
make sure the article does not come
out. Will call you later."
Rowley, during a no-confidence
motion against the Government,
produced a series of e-mails which
appear to implicate Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan, Works
and Local Government Minister
Suruj Rambachan and national
security adviser Gary Griffith in
colluding with regard to Section 34
of the Administration of Justice
(Indictable Proceedings) Act.
Last year, the Administration of
Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act
2011 was proclaimed by then pres-
ident George Maxwell Richards in
a move to ending preliminary
inquiries in the local courts.
Certain parts of the act were sup-
posed to come into effect on
January 1, 2013. The president s
proclamation was gazetted on
With the act in effect, the Pre-
liminary Enquiry Act would have
been replaced and nullified the need
for a preliminary inquiry to be held
in relation to matters filed
However, the act bore a con-
troversial clause---Section 34(2)---
which stated that if after ten years
the case wasn t heard, the accused
could apply to a judge to have the
charges dismissed. This clause
would have seen Galbaransingh,
Ferguson and several other sup-
porters of the Government escaping
The controversial Section 34 was
subsequently repealed and then
minister of justice Herbert Volney
was fired after Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar accused
him of "misleading Cabinet."
Galbaransingh, along with Steve
Ferguson, is wanted in the United
States on a series of money laun-
The two were first indicted in
2005 in a Miami Federal Court on
numerous fraud and money laun-
dering charges, stemming from
alleged bid rigging between 1996
and 2005 on contracts for the Piar-
co International Airport.
I'm not one of the 'boys'
Ish says he did not pay for his freedom
US Vice President Joe Biden with wife Dr Jill Biden
Energy on the agenda as Biden visits T&T
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