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Opposition leader Dr Keith
Rowley has issued a $12,000
cheque to Gerald Ramdeen, attor-
ney representing Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan for monies
The cheque, dated June 6, issued
by Rowley s attorney and PRO of
the People s National Movement
Faris Al-Rawi is final settlement of
cost ordered by Justice Andre des
Vignes arising out of a defamation
claim against Rowley for statements
that he made on November 1, 2011.
Rowley alleged that 50 per cent
of State briefs were awarded by
Ramlogan to his former law firm
Freedom House Law Chambers.
The payment comes three weeks
after Rowley denied owing any
money to the AG, a statement from
his lawyer stated.
Ramlogan had filed proceedings
in the High Court seeking to declare
the PNM leader bankrupt. Under
the Representation of the People
Act, it is an automatic disqualifi-
cation to be a MP and to be bank-
rupt. Now that Rowley has paid up,
the bankruptcy proceedings will
come to an end.
Rowley also owes Ramlogan sums
arising out of another application.
This claim arises out of state-
ments made by Rowley in relation
to the judgment of Justice Boodoos-
ingh in the judicial review proceed-
ings against Steve Ferguson and Ish
The sum to be paid by Rowley
in this matter is yet to be quantified
by the court.
Rowley pays up
$$ owed to AG
The People s National Move-
ment (PNM) is calling on Attor-
ney General Anand Ramlogan to
The party said it remained
unimpressed by the recognition of
Ramlogan that after three weeks
he had finally been convinced of
the need to recuse himself from
the investigations into the e-mails
revealed by political leader Dr Keith
Rowley. In a statement, the PNM
said, "We are calling on the Attor-
ney General to demit office which
is the only way that he can recuse
himself in keeping with the terms
of the Mutual Legal Assistance in
Criminal Matters Act.
"It is the view of the PNM that
by continuing to hold office as
Attorney General while "recusing"
himself from his obligations under
the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty
is not a only violation of the Con-
stitution and the laws of Trinidad
and Tobago but also an affront to
our very system of government."
The statement said instead of
demitting office, as he was
required, the AG had retained the
services one of the country s emi-
nent senior counsels and was wag-
ing a public relations battle against
his accuser, Rowley, and the sup-
posed investigator, the Integrity
Commission while clinging to
The statement said, "While the
law provides that the functions
may be delegated to a public offi-
cial or legal officer, the Central
Authority still remains under the
purview and direct guidance of
the Attorney General as a matter
of function and practice.
PNM on e-mails probe:
Ramlogan must step down
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Two senior counsels have given
contrasting views on the meeting
between chairman of the Integrity
Commission Ken Gordon and Leader
of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley.
Former attorney general Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj says there was
"nothing wrong" while Israel Khan
said Gordon "certainly jeopardised his
Maharaj said it was exaggerating a
situation that was not worth exagger-
Last month, Rowley called Gordon
to investigate a series of e-mails which
implicated several high-ranking gov-
ernment ministers. That call was made
days before the two held a meeting at
Gordon s private residence at Glencoe.
It was reported on Thursday that
the meeting was confirmed by the
In an interview yesterday, Maharaj
said, "There is nothing wrong with
"He said he saw him there (resi-
dence) and that full notes were taken,
so there is nothing wrong.
"You have situations where a judge
will see a lawyer at his private residence
during time when it is not working to
grant an exparte injunction.
"So there is nothing wrong in that."
He also said there was no problem
if the Prime Minister met with Gordon
for information or enquiry on any mat-
ter as long as the chairman believed
the information was fairly given.
But Khan said Gordon should have
known better because at some point
in time he may have to review allega-
tions against Rowley.
"He certainly will not be able to sit
on any investigation involving this e-
mail if he remains as chairman, but I
am suspecting that a lot of people may
be requesting that he resign.
"I think he did not do anything sin-
ister. He foolishly allowed himself to
be placed in that position."
Khan said Rowley, an astute politician
with experience should not have placed
Gordon in that position.
"I will put more blame on Rowley."
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar yesterday saluted father
figures, single fathers and all those
fathers who make sacrifices so
their children can have food, shel-
ter and clothing.
In her Father s Day address, the
PM said her heart goes out to those
who do not known the love of a
father or even the presence of a
"Fatherhood means being there
for your children and having that
special privilege to be the one to
teach them, by word and example,
the positive values of life that will
help them become better human
beings and outstanding citizens,"
"I also know that where fathers
are absent there are father figures
who take on that role and care for
others just as if they were his own.
I want to recognise these coura-
geous, caring, and loving fathers
for their outpouring of love and
commitment, for stepping up and
making the lives of many of our
nation s sons and daughters more
meaningful, to bring them hope
and, most of all, to bring them
Father s Day, the PM said, pro-
vides an opportunity for fathers to
engage in deep reflection on their
role and responsibilities in order to
identify shortcomings and reded-
icate themselves to family life.
"To be a real father means taking
your responsibilities seriously and
always doing the best that you can
do for your children."
PM salutes fathers
SCs give contrasting
views on meeting
Integrity Commission Ken Gordon
President Anthony Carmona stands proudly with two children, Anura, left
and son Christian, looking on is Carmona's father Dennis Stephen Carmona.
The annual Donkey Derby,
hosted by the Arima Rotary Club,
has been postponed.
The event which was scheduled
for today at Rose Park, Arima, will
be held on a date to be announced.
According to president of the
club, Merlin Leela, all tickets pur-
chased for the event are still valid.
Arima Donkey Derby put off
Opposition Leader and IC head
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