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Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) supporters from left
Salisha Isahak, Alvin
Lutchman, and Vimala
Dookie, take a break during
walkabout on Cacandee
Road, Felicity, Chaguanas,
yesterday, in support of
Chaguanas West by-election
candidate Jack Warner.
PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Independent Liberal Party leader Jack
Warner says he s been asked by the Immi-
gration Department to return his diplomatic
passport---on the PP Government s instruc-
Former PP minister Warner, in a release yes-
terday, said that at 1.05 pm yesterday he received
a call from acting Chief Immigration Officer
Keith Sampson on the issue.
"The acting CIO called to inform me that
on the instructions of the Government, I am
to immediately return my diplomatic passport,"
"Mr Sampson, who sounded embarrassed
to make the request, agreed to give me a one-
week facility that would allow me to transfer
my ten-year US Visa on to my regular passport,
after which it would then be immediately
"I recall in 2007 when I was elected as a
Member of Parliament in the UNC Opposition,
on my own volition I offered up my diplomatic
passport to Prime Minister Patrick Manning,
who dignified his office by returning it to me
indicating that it was not necessary. My response
to Mr Manning then was that you are not so
bad after all.
"Fast forward to six years later and this Gov-
ernment, of which I was an integral part, has
asked that I return the diplomatic passport.
"I therefore wish to assure the Government
that not only will I return the diplomatic pass-
port issued in my name, but also the one issued
in my wife s name, before close of business on
Wednesday July 24, 2013."
During a walkabout in Felicity yesterday,
Warner reiterated he had no problem returning
He said: "At the end of the day I expect even
worse than that. It doesn t faze me at all. I
don t want people to feel this is a Jack Warner
issue at all."
He said his main worry was for the political
future of T&T.
"My concern is for Mrs Persad-Bissessar s
Government. Democracy is under threat," he
Contacted yesterday, UNC deputy leader
Suruj Rambachan said: "Any time someone
ceases to be a minister one has to return any
diplomatic passport they hold. When I was
ambassador to Brazil I returned the diplomatic
passport when I returned home."
Asked by T&T Guardian why the Government
didn t seek to have Warner return the passport
in April when he resigned and why it was being
requested now, Rambachan said: "He should
have returned the passport voluntarily himself
when he ceased to be a minister."
Asked why he (Rambachan) gave up his US
green card when he entered Government, as
Warner said he had, Rambachan said he did
not think it was ethical to continue to hold his
green card after he became Foreign Affairs Min-
ister. (See Page A12)
--- With reporting by Shastri Boodan
Warner must return
Govt issues directive to Immigration Dept
TAKING IT EASY
From Page A1
Specifically, she explained: "The United
States of America has strict laws governing
disclosure of user data. In the circumstances,
warrants must be based on probable cause
before a service provider can be compelled to
disclose a user s private communication or
documents stored online.
"As such, any request for assistance in this
matter must be made through the Central
Authority under the
Mutual Assistance in
Criminal Matters Act,"
of Police Mervyn
continue the investi-
In a recent inter-
view, attorney for the
Prime Minister Israel
Khan, SC, insinuated
that the DPP s Office
was responsible for slow pace of the e-mail
Addressing this issue yesterday, Honore-
Paul said: "Any suggestion that this investi-
gation is being deliberately delayed by the
Police Service or the DPP s Office, or that the
investigation should be brought to an end, is
self-serving, misguided, disingenuous and
wholly without merit."
Richardson, the lead investigator for the e-
mail fiasco, said on Wednesday that he had
been advised not to make it a public inquiry.
Attempts to contact Williams yesterday were
unsuccessful as he is in England on official
Efforts to contact Anand Ramesar, president
of the Police Service Social Welfare Association,
for comment also went unanswered yesterday
and he did not return messages left.
• See Page A25 for full statement
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