Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 11th 2014 Contents RENUKA SINGH
Amid heated calls for the removal of Attor-
ney General Anand Ramlogan, Prime Minister
Kamla-Persad-Bissessar is denying any move
to axe the AG.
Pressure has been mounting steadily within
the coalition government since the prison lit-
igation issue became public.
The PM broke her silence last night following
claims from party insiders that the AG was
being offered the vacant post of Ambassador
The Sunday Guardian was told that the Lon-
don posting is now available as Garvin Nicholas'
term recently came to an end. Nicholas is back
in T&T and has already assumed his new duties.
(See Page A19)
Insiders at Ramlogan's ministry said he told
several of them and some Cabinet colleagues
that his resignation was already in his back
pocket and he was not afraid to pull it out.
The call for a criminal probe into the prison
litigation issue, as ordered by Director of Public
Prosecutions Roger Gaspard on Wednesday, has
placed the AG's office under further public
scrutiny and has intensified the need for action
from the Prime Minister.
Several calls were made and a text was sent
to the Prime Minister during the day yesterday.
The text to the PM at 2:38 pm stated: "Madam
Prime Minister, Renuka Singh @ Guardian. We
got word that Anand Ramlogan is going to be
reassigned as Ambassador to London. I was
also informed that he has refused that offer but
has been saying that he has his resignation in
his back pocket. Is there any truth to any of
The PM responded at 8:17: "No. Truth"
Since the Solicitor General's letter to PM
Kamla Persad-Bissessar highlighting the abuse
of the prison litigation cases became public,
there has been increasing calls for Ramlogan to
step aside or be fired.
To date there has been no confirmation as
to whether the criminal probe has in fact begun,
this despite the fact that Gaspard called for it
to begin "immediately."
Several attempts to reach acting CoP Stephen
Williams yesterday on that probe was unsuc-
Anand: It's political mischief
of the highest order
Ramlogan yesterday dismissed the informa-
tion as "political mischief."
In a telephone interview yesterday, he said
he was not about to demit office, move to Lon-
don, or even step aside in light of the criminal
probe into the prison litigation issue.
"I want to make it abundantly clear that this
is political mischief of the highest order," Ram-
He said this spreading of information reeked
of the People's National Movement (PNM).
"The PNM's strategy is clear; They manu-
facture and fabricate allegations and accusations,
then call for an investigation, and then call for
your removal because you are being investi-
gated," he said.
"I want to make it clear that no allegations
have been made against me, and the PNM
strategy to make allegations and then call for
people's removal is as old as time and will not
Ramlogan said "(PNM leader Dr Keith) Row-
ley did not apply that principle when he was
under probe for the Landate issue." Ramlogan
said the Landate matter was still being inves-
tigated and on that basis, Rowley, too, should
step aside for the duration of that probe.
"They are confusing me with John Jeremie
or Glenda Morean," he said, referring to the
two former PNM AGs who were removed from
office and given ambassadorships by then Prime
Minister Patrick Manning.
Morean, AG from 2001 to 2003, was appoint-
ed High Commissioner to the UK in 2003. John
Jeremie replaced her as AG in 2003. In April
2008, she was removed from London (and sent
to Washington as ambassador to the US) to
make way for Jeremie, who was posted to Lon-
don as an ambassador by Manning. Jeremie
was replaced by Brigid Annisette-George.
May 11, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
AG Ramlogan not moving
...says he's not going to London or even stepping aside
Ramlogan has faced several calls for his
removal since he became AG.
•He has been the central figure triggering
at least one massive public march in 2012 in
relation to Section 34.
• A call for his dismissal even came from
within the coalition back in October, when the
Congress of the People met with the Prime
Minister to encourage his removal.
•Ramlogan faced a similar call over last
year's emailgate scandal, which also alleged
wrongdoing on the part of Prime Minister
Kamla and other Cabinet ministers.
•In this latest issue, calls for his removal
has come from the Opposition, former
attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj,
former ally turned Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) leader Jack Warner, the unified Joint
Trade Union Movement, and Kirk Waithe of
NOT THE FIRST CALL TO REMOVE ANAND
Soca star Peter C Lewis
performs at the Team
Rowley upcoming May
18th PNM internal
elections rally at the Grand
Savannah, Port of Spain
yesterday. In background
is political leader, Dr Keith
Rowley, right, and his slate
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
People's National Movement (PNM) leader
Dr Keith Rowley is calling on Finance Minister
Larry Howai to ensure that the existing board
of First Citizens is voted out. The current board
is chaired by Nyree Alfonso. Shareholders of
First Citizens will vote for the relection of direc-
tors at the annual general meeting tomorrow.
The Government remains the largest single
shareholder of the bank and, therefore, the deci-
sion on whether the board goes or stays depends
on the Minister of Finance.
First Citizens has become the subject of public
attention due to a fallout over the buying of
659,588 shares by the bank's former chief risk
officer, Phillip Rahaman during the its initial
public offering last August.
Rahaman was subsequently fired.
In front of the hundreds of supporters gathered
for team Rowley's Rally at the Grand Stand,
Queen's Park Savannah yesterday, Rowley said,
"On Monday, when the Minister of Finance
meets or sends his instructions to FCB, I am
calling on the Minister of Finance tonight to
instruct the Government nominee to vote out
the existing board of the FCB and vote in a new
board as selected by the Minister of Finance.
"To do otherwise is to send a signal that what
happened at FCB has the Government's sup-
"All that exists in the public domain including
investigations and resignations and embarrass-
ment, in the face of all of that we know that
went on there, if the Minister of Finance instructs
the Government proxy to vote to continue service
from the existing board, then you the people of
T&T would have been told in no uncertain terms
that they would prefer to have wrongdoing in
Rowley also assured the cheering crowd that
once elected into office on May 18 as leader of
the PNM, he would immediately instruct the
party's secretary general Ashton Ford to begin
preparations for the party's annual convention.
Following on the heels of that, he would have
Ford send out communications to approximately
ten or 12 of the party's constituencies to seek
representatives to serve in Parliament, signalling
that the party was getting ready for the upcoming
2015 general election.
He outlined several things the party has
planned should it be elected in 2015 among them
internal self governance for Tobago.
Rowley calls for removal of old FCB board
It was reported that the shares were
allegedly purchased for Rahaman's uncle,
Imtiaz Rahaman, his aunt and five
businesses controlled by his uncle. This
also led to the resignation of Subhas
Ramkhelawan, former chairman of the
T&T Stock Exchange and independent
senator. It was reported that Imtiaz is the
chairman of Bourse Securities owned by
Ramkhelawan. Two of the board's
members---Rishi Baddaloo and Indu Shoba
Jacelon---were also removed. There have
been calls by contractor Emile Elias and
activist Peter Permell for the board's
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