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The country's most
Opposition PNM MP Colm Imbert says allegations
in the UK Daily Telegraph against former Fifa jefe
Jack Warner are not new and was the result of efforts
by both UK and US after those countries lost their
respective World Cup bids.
The Daily Telegraph alleges Warner s Port-of-Spain
office appears as the contact address on an invoice
to a Qatari company asking for US$1.2 million to be
paid to the then vice-president of Fifa.
It was alleged demand for payment was made days
after the controversial decision to host the 2022 World
Cup in Qatar.
It was alleged to be addressed to Khalid Electrical
and Mechanical Est (Kemco) in Qatar, a company
owned by Mohamed bin Hammam, Qatar s Fifa rep-
resentative at the time, and requests payment for
work carried out between 2005 and 2010.
The invoice is allegedly from Jamad Limited, a
firm reportedly set up by Warner at his Edward Street,
The Telegraph claimed seeing evidence showing
bin Hammam s company transferred more than US$2
million to Warner, his family and employees in 2011.
Documents allegedly show Warner s sons --- Daryan
and Daryll --- received money.
Imbert said he had not really looked at the Telegraph
He added: "These allegations are not new and
have been in the public domain since the World Cup
The British and Americans are very unhappy when
they lost out on the WC draw for 2018 and 2022,
especially with respect to the Qatar bid. There were
all sorts of allegations of impropriety associated with
that and they have been after Mr Warner ever since.
"So I m not surprised to see this sort of investigative
report in a UK newspaper. They don t like him and
they think he s responsible for them not getting the
"They will leave no stone unturned in their quest
to get at him. As to the accuracy and truthfulness
of the allegations, I m in no position to say. I wasn t
PNM whip Marlene McDonald said she did not
have time with Warner at the moment and had not
looked at the issue.
COP vice-chairman Nicole Dyer-Griffith said she
had not seen the story. (GA)
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is
calling on Chaguanas West MP Jack Warn-
er to co-operate with any investigation on
allegations of corruption while serving as
Ramlogan said Warner s matters were
affecting the image of T&T.
He made the statement yesterday in
response to questions from reporters on the
matter during yesterday s Senate tea-break
in the Parliament building.
That position differed from an earlier one
adopted by Ramlogan in 2011 when Warner
was a cabinet minister.
The UK Daily Telegraph alleges Warner s
Port-of-Spain office appears as the contact
address on an invoice to a Qatari company
asking for US$1.2 million to be paid to the
then vice-president of Fifa.
Ramlogan said he read "with great interest
the international expose concerning the
very serious and grave allegation about cor-
ruption levelled against Warner."
He noted that the allegations predated
Warner s assumption of Cabinet office in
Ramlogan said yesterday Warner "should
co-operate with this investigation to vin-
dicate his reputation."
Noting that Warner avoided appearing
before the Fifa ethics committee, the AG
said "it is time that he submits himself to
a full and comprehensive inquiry and probe
in this matter."
Ramlogan said: "Bravado and arrogance
will not cut it for this. This is now a matter
of international concern. It is sullying
Trinidad and Tobago s international image
In seeking to explain, Ramlogan indicated
that the Warner corruption allegation was
"a matter that has clearly gone beyond our
borders and it concerns not just a former
minister but a serving MP."
Ramlogan said Warner was the leader of
a political party with aspirations to be the
prime minister of the country. The AG said:
"The implications and ramifications of that
story runs quite deep and is far- reaching."
He insisted that Warner "owes the coun-
try and the public the duty which he has
to submit himself to the investigation and
Warner declined comment when con-
AG calls on Warner
to clear his name
After UK Daily Telegraph's story...
outside Tower D,
sitting of the
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