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Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan refused to say how much
of the $15 million-plus paid to
commissioners in the commis-
sion of enquiry into the 1990
attempted coup so far have been
paid to commissioner Dr Hafizool
"No, I will not (answer)," Ram-
logan told the Senate yesterday.
He insisted that Mohammed
was "eminently qualified" for the
"Dr Hafizool Mohammed was
appointed to serve on the com-
mission of enquiry because there
was a requirement for someone
with military training and expe-
"We verified that before his
appointment and subsequently the
credentials concerning his training
and experience in the military in
the United States have checked
out and, yes, he is eminently qual-
ified to serve on the commission,"
He was responding to a question
from PNM Senator Faris Al-Rawi,
who asked if the questions over
Mohammed s CV entitled him to
receive the quantum of payment
he has received.
Ramlogan came under fire from
Al-Rawi and PNM Senators Ter-
rence Deyalsingh and Fitzgerald
Hinds, who threw a barrage of
questions at him on Mohammed s
A T&T Guardian report earlier
this year showed inconsistencies
in Mohammed s CV. The report
said he listed a master of science
(MSc) in military science from the
US Army Staff and Command
College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,
but checks revealed he only
obtained a diploma.
The pounding of the AG over
Mohammed s qualifications in the
Senate began with a question on
the Order Paper on the cost of the
Deyalsingh asked if the findings
and recommendations of the
enquiry might be invalidated by
the poor qualifications of some
members of the commission.
Ramlogan asked for that to be
put in writing.
Unrelenting, Deyalsingh wanted
to know what mechanism was
used for the hiring of the profes-
"The State used the same cri-
teria and procedure that were
employed in the Uff commission
of enquiry and that was based on
competence, expertise, merit and
ability," Ramlogan replied.
If any of the professionals were
found to be not suitable, would
they be required to pay back
monies to the State? Deyalsingh
"Obviously it will have to
depend on the facts and circum-
stances of each particular case,"
"I refer specifically to the ques-
tion of Dr Hafizool Mohammed.
Will he be required to refund any
monies to the State?" Deyalsingh
"I am not aware any of the com-
missioners appointed on the two
commissions have been so found,"
the AG said.
Al-Rawi shot to his feet, wanting
to know if any investigation con-
cerning Mohammed s bonafides
The AG replied: "Certainly not
by my office. I can t speak for the
office of the President, whether
he has undertaken any investiga-
tion in the past.
"Concerns were raised in a
newspaper article and the response
to that was very forthright and
"Dr Hafizool was appointed
because of his training and expe-
rience in the military in the US.
We were able to verify those cre-
dentials, insofar as military training
and experience goes.
"Therefore, he was allowed to
continue sitting as a commissioner
on that particular enquiry. I think
that brings that matter to an end."
Hinds asked if the AG was say-
ing the Government was satisfied
with the bonafides, the qualifica-
tions and suitability of Mohammed
and if the President was so advised.
"Yes, the Government is satisfied
that Dr Hafizool Mohammed pos-
sessed (the qualifications), such
that his position as a commissioner
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AG silent on money
paid to coup prober
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan answers a question from the
backbench during yesterday's sitting of the Senate.
PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Al-Rawi: Cops didn't
do their homework
Rowley faces e-mail probers...
It seems the police were unpre-
pared when they questioned Oppo-
sition Leader Dr Keith Rowley at
11.30 am yesterday as part of an
ongoing investigation into a series
of e-mails from addresses in the
name of Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar and key govern-
ment ministers in the Section 34
Rowley, the first to be interviewed,
met with Deputy Police Commis-
sioner Mervyn Richardson at the
Opposition s office, Charles Street,
Representing Rowley was public
relations officer of the PNM Senator
Faris Al-Rawi who said it was clear
the police did not do their home-
work as they had not read Rowley s
contribution in Parliament.
He said during the meeting the
officers said they would be attempt-
ing to get Rowley s contribution
Asked what did the police base
their questions on Al-Rawi said:
"They (police) admitted they did
not read what Dr Rowley said and
it would appear their questioning
was based on anecdotal information
He said the meeting, which lasted
about an hour and a half, was also
attended by Supt Nanan, Insp
Sylvester and WPC Maynard-Wilson
of the Police Service IT Division.
Describing the meeting as cordial,
Al-Rawi said Rowley told the officers
he would also be willing to answer
further questions if the need arose.
"Dr Rowley indicated he would
be pleased to co-operate expedi-
tiously as he was anxious to ensure
the investigation was as transparent
as possible," Al-Rawi said.
Saying he could not disclose what
was asked by the police, Al-Rawi
said the Opposition maintained its
call for independent foreign inves-
When asked what was the time-
frame for the investigation, he said
the police said they would be "mov-
ing with alacrity."
Contacted about the meeting
Rowley said: "Well what can I tell
you? I met with him (Richardson).
He asked me some questions and
there were some questions which I
could have answered and there were
some which I could not have
Rowley refused to say what were
At a press briefing on Monday
Rowley had said: "I want to make
it quite clear for those who believe
that this meeting with Mr Richard-
son is somehow advancing the
investigation, I have said all that I
have to say on the content of the
matter in the Parliament."
When contacted Richardson said
he was in a briefing and could not
US should be last to
talk on Muslims---Page A9
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