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The Integrity Commission has cleared
the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) in
two investigations which were raised by
the People s Partnership Government dur-
ing the election campaign of the THA s
elections in January.
One of the investigations relates to the
proposed $250 million Bacolet Aquatic and
Indoor Sports Complex while the other per-
tains to a community micro project pro-
gramme which was initiated by the THA
between May 2008 and July 2009.
The THA announced the commission s
decisions in the cases in a press release yes-
In the release, the THA said its Chief Sec-
retary Orville London was contacted recently
by the commission s registrar, Matin Farrell,
who informed him the commission decided
to terminate the investigation after it deter-
mined that there was insufficient grounds
The decision to terminate the investiga-
tions was made under Section 34(6) of the
Integrity in Public Life Act which states:
"Where during the course of an investi-
gation, the commission is satisfied that there
are insufficient grounds for continuing the
investigation or that the complaint is friv-
olous, vexatious or not made in good faith,
it may terminate the investigation."
The release also made special mention of
the commission s ongoing investigation into
the $142 Milshirv Adminstration Complex
in Shirvan, Tobago.
After issues on the project were raised by
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan filed a
judicial review challenging the THA s decision
to enter into a form of financing, known as
Build, Own, Lease, Transfer (BOLT) for proj-
ect.The THA s release noted that in July, State
attorneys were granted a consent order to
convert the lawsuit into a statutory inter-
pretation of the THA s powers under the
THA Act, Chap: 25:03.
The release quoted London, who spoke
at post Executive Council media briefing,
London said the THA s position on the
issue was the same as in the amended law-
He added: "All that had to be done was
to ask the court for an interpretation of the
law as had been done on five previous occa-
sions, involving various central governments
and the assembly. This was in that silly sea-
son and now things have settled down, good
sense has prevailed and we await the decision
of the court."
London acknowledged that it was Ram-
logan s right to challenge the decision. How-
ever, he criticised Ramlogan for politicising
the issue and for unreasonably "casting
aspersions on the character and integrity of
the individuals involved."
When contacted yesterday evening, Ram-
logan described London s comments as high-
He said the Milshirv matter was before
the courts and should not be commented
"He is irresponsible and absurd in his
rush to score cheap political points at the
expense of the respect for the adminstration
of justice," Ramlogan added.
He explained the Milshirv lawsuit included
two third parties---State-owned bank First
Citizen, who financed the project, and the
developer Milshirv Properties Limited.
He said after the lawsuit was amended
after both third parties submitted that they
should not have been included as they were
not part of the decision-making process.
"There is no reason for him to howl and
beat his chest on this matter that is awaiting
judicial pronouncement," Ramlogan said.
Fired from his political post as
Justice Minister and Member of
Parliament for St Joseph, Herbert
Volney has turned to a most
unlikely profession to earn a liv-
The T&T Guardian caught up
with Volney at a hardware store in
Marabella, where he was shopping
for plumbing material for a house
he was constructing in the area.
Volney, who left the Bench to
contest the 2010 general election
under the United National Con-
gress banner, will have to wait for
a period of ten years before he can
practise his profession.
Having been fired, first from his
Cabinet position over the fallout
of the Section 34 fiasco, and later
from his position as Member of
Parliament, his only source of
income has been taken away.
His firing as MP triggered a
November 4 by-election which is
being contested by five political
parties, including the PP which has
put up Crime Show host Ian
Alleyne against his one-time co-
host and attorney Om Lalla.
The PNM has put up former
senator Terrence Deyalsingh, while
comedian and former radio talk
show host Errol Fabien will contest
as an independent and the DNA
has put up Micheal Lopez.
With no viable employment
opportunities available at the
moment, Volney said he was now
working in the construction sec-
tor.He said: "I am trying to rebuild
my life, not in the law this time,
but in an area for which I have
much love which is in building and
construction. I am a man of many
"I am on a project right now
ware store and I am building for
the future, so I can have a sustain-
"As you know, I have a young
wife and two boys and I have to
prepare for the future and I am
doing it, this time on a solid foun-
He said at the moment he was
assisting a contractor in the con-
struction of a house in South.
Asked if he missed political life,
Volney said: "Absolutely not. I am
glad to be out of it."
He said things happened for a
He added: "I know there is a
God above and that was why things
have happened the way they have.
We, who are Christians, have to
understand, one, God never gives
us much more than we can carry
and, secondly, that we are all part
of the plan that he has for us.
"When things happen in life, we
never know but it is because He
has another plan for us. I trust in
God and I know he has another
plan for me that is not in politics."
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has
suggested that closed circuit cameras be placed
at strategic locations in all police stations.
The idea is one of several changes to help
improve public confidence in the Police Service
that were suggested by the PCA s director Gillian
Lucky, at a meeting with senior police officers
at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-
Spain, last Wednesday.
In a press release yesterday, the authority said
Lucky suggested cameras be placed in the front
desk, the charge room and the holding cells of
all police stations.
She also said the cameras must be in proper
and constant working condition.
Lucky also suggested that the police provide
her organisation with a photo database of all
police officers to assist in the identification of
officers under investigation by the PCA.
Another recommendation proposed by Lucky
was ensuring that the TTPS was more thorough
in gathering of evidence and in the conduct of
enquires during its investigations."
She said the Police Service be mandated to
preserve crime scenes of fatal shootings involving
the police to allow PCA investigators to conduct
independent and thorough analysis of them.
In response, Police Social and Welfare Asso-
ciation secretary Sgt Michael Seales commended
Lucky s ideas as being innovative and dynamic
but noted that the association must be consulted
if they were to be implemented.
"The association took note of what was said
but the views of the association must be con-
sidered in everything that is being done in regards
to the Police Service, particularly in regard to its
members," Seales said.
He said most of Lucky s recommendations fell
within the purview of the Police Commissioner
but said the issue of the photograph database
with officers personal information would have
to be discussed with the association.
Lucky had previously suggested that police
officers wear body cameras while on duty to pre-
vent false accusations by members of the pub-
lic.The project, which aims to provide expert
advice and assistance to help improving the crim-
inal justice system, is part of a tripartite agreement
between the Canadian Government and United
Kingdom s Crown Prosecution Service.
A truck delivering gas to a Caparo service
station exploded yesterday sending nearby res-
idents scampering for safety.
There were no injuries in the blast which
occurred around 6.30 pm.
The truck driver and gas station employees
were able to run to safety.
Houses belonging to Mamin Dass and Ramdeo
Bickram, both of Chickland Road, Caparo, were
scorched, according to Paras Ramoutar, a former
councillor for the area.
He said the families would not be able to occupy
their homes for several days.
The explosion was heard hundreds of feet away
and thick, black smoke covered the area, Ramoutar
Traffic backed up along the Brasso Caparo Val-
ley Road as fire officers doused the blaze.
Residents from Mamoral, Brasso Piedra, Flana-
gin Town and Tabaquite were delayed for hours,
Officers from the Chaguanas Fire Station were
able to bring the fire under control. Central Divi-
sion Police were on hand to direct traffic.
Safety and fire officials are expected to visit
the area later today.
Integrity body clears
THA on two projects
PCA: Put cameras
in police stations
Volney going into construction
Former MP for St Joseph Herbert Volney shops for plumbing
supplies at Gopaul Lands Hardware, Marabella, yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Gas truck explodes
at Caparo station
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