Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 7th 2014 Contents GEISHA KOWLESSAR
The Government cannot man-
date Permanent Secretary in the
Sport Ministry Ashwin Creed to
return to the country to give evi-
dence in the current audit of the
Life Sport programme.
But if the audit reveals financial
irregularities and the need to lay
charges, the Government can use
special agencies like Interpol to
bring perpetrators back to T&T to
face the courts, National Security
Minister Gary Griffith yesterday.
He was responding to a Sunday
Guardian article which quoted
Creed as saying he was due to retire
soon, raising public speculation
yesterday that he may not return
home to participate in the audit,
which is being conducted by the
"I have 33-and-a-third years
service, and I have accumulated
250 days unused leave since I have
not taken leave for 12 years...I left
on personal and family business as
I am entitled to do," Creed had
Creed in reported to be in the
United States on family business,
but said he was willing to answer
any questions regarding an audit.
He has been on leave from the min-
istry since May 13.
In response to questions as to
whether Creed had not been asked
to return to facilitate the audit,
Griffith said, "The government or
any law enforcement agency has
no authority to mandate anyone
to return to the country. When the
audit is completed, depending on
what the conclusions are it would
now be up to the police commis-
sioner to determine the next course
of action regrading charges.
"If that is the case this govern-
ment has a very good relationship
with our foreign allies particularily
those in the United States."
He said the Government was not
shirking its responsibility, but there
was a certain course of action to
be followed, which must include
the completion of the audit.
In May, Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar directed Finance
Minister Larry Howai to initiate an
audit into the programme and
transferred it out of the Sport Min-
istry to the Ministry of National
Security, amid reports of corruption
and that it was funding criminal
On when Creed would be inter-
viewed, Griffith said such matters
fell under the purview of the
Finance Ministry since it was
responsible for the audit.
"I am not getting involved in
that aspect," Griffith said.
Calls to Howai s cell phone yes-
terday went voicemail. An e-mail
was also sent to Howai but there
was no reply.
Members of the Orchid Gardens Performing Theatre Company perform during the 2014 Prime Minister's Best
Village Trophy Competition Folk Fair at the Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Monday, July 7, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Griffith on Creed's leave of absence:
We can't force him to return
The Newsday newspaper has launched an investigation into a report
that its sport reporter Walter Alibey benefited from a Life Sport
In an media report yesterday, Alibey, the owner of Agro Aggressive
Organisation and Maintenance Services Ltd, said he started the
company in 2011 and was the recipient of a Life Sport contract.
In a press release yesterday, Newsday editor-in-chief Jones P
Madeira said the media house had started its own inquiries into the
"Newsday is confident, however, that its approaches to related
stories it has published on the Life Sport issues have not been
compromised, and assures its readers that the newspaper remains
committed to the highest journalistic principles in the conduct of its
editorial affairs," Madeira said.
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Permanent Secretary in the Sport
Ministry Ashwin Creed.
A 30-year-old police constable
attached to the Southern Division
is expected to appear before a
Siparia magistrate this morning on
nine charges, including two counts
The officer, who has 13 years serv-
ice, was arrested last Thursday after
a report from by his alleged victim s
The report alleged that the officer
sexually assaulted a boy, aged 13,
some time this year.
The child was examined by a doc-
tor.South Western Division police
arrested the officer and took him
to the Siparia station for question-
A file was sent to the DPP s office
over the weekend with witness state-
ments and medical reports.
Yesterday, the DPP handed down
instructions for the two rape charges
and seven counts of sex with a minor
to be laid against the officer.
Cop charged in
rape of boy, 13
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