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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, August 9, 2014
Permanent Secretary to the
Ministry of Sport Ashwin Creed
has been made the "scapegoat"
in the Life Sport scandal by the
Central Audit Unit, says his attor-
ney Peter Taylor.
Taylor says there is now enough
evidence to seek a judicial review
of the report, which Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar laid in Par-
liament on July 24.
Taylor spoke with the media
yesterday at his chambers on Borde
Street, Port-of-Spain, and dis-
missed the CAU report, describing
it as "erroneous and misleading."
"It is clear to me that not only
is the report seriously flawed, it is
biased and it is riddled with pro-
cedural irregularities," Taylor said.
He said Creed's interview with
the CAU and the information that
he divulged to them was deliber-
ately left out of the "flawed audit."
"It was deliberately
unfavourable," he said.
"In light of that, I have advised
my client that there is a prima
facia case to have this matter filed
in the court for judicial review."
Taylor said the report was "cher-
ry picked" and relevant documents
were deliberately left out in order
to point fingers at his client.
"The procedure is that when
the auditors finish their report,
they would come back to the min-
istry and say, This is what we
going with, check it and see if there
are any corrections, any inaccu-
"They did not do that, you
know. They went straight to the
Parliament, straight to the Prime
Minister with it. If they had done
that then maybe the inadvertent
omissions would have been picked
up," Taylor said.
"The admission by the Hon-
ourable Minister of Finance that
there were omissions is a cause
for concern in the country, because
this report was used to indict
"That is not to say the pro-
gramme does not have problems,
of course it has problems," he
Creed, he said, also put together
a comprehensive response to the
CAU before the report was finalised
last month. The response was also
sent to all relevant parties, includ-
ing Persad-Bissessar and Finance
Minister Larry Howai.
"In this document, you have a
series of documents that were
either not examined by the Central
Auditors, or they chose to omit it,"
One such document included
details of Creed's establishment
of an academic component com-
mittee, which was supposed to
track and provide oversight on the
numeracy and literacy portion of
the Life Sport programme and
would have examined the imple-
mentation of the $34 million
eBeam Interact Ltd contract.
"They seem to want to make a
scapegoat out of PS Creed that he
did not do what he was supposed
to do, he did not exercise his fidu-
ciary oversight duty. I am saying
that that is not so and I have the
documents to substantiate that,"
Taylor said the direct responsi-
Board members of the Sport Com-
pany of T&T (SporTT) were left in
the dark over their impending dis-
missal from the company and were
only notified hours later by tele-
The board of directors of SporTT
were Reynold Bala, Norris Blanc, Nisa
Dass, Anyl Gopeesingh, Sabrenah
Khayyam, Matthew Quamina, Annan
Ramnanansingh, Kent Samlal, Milson
Siboo and Harnarine Singh.
The T&T Guardian understands
that some time on Thursday night,
hours after Cabinet's decision to
remove the entire board, telephone
calls were made to board members
informing them that they had been
fired. These calls were allegedly made
by SporTT's corporate secretary, Dawn
Before being axed, the board had
already retained the services of Russell
Martineau, SC, who reportedly advised
them to remain quiet on the issue.
On Thursday, Cabinet fired the
board, which was chaired by Sebastien
Cabinet's action follows the
SporTT's decision to pay off a $34
million contract to educator Adolphus
Daniell's EBeam Interact for services
he never carried out for the now
defunct Life Sport programme.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
has retained Deborah Peake, SC, to
deal with the matter.
On July 31, Sport Minister Anil
Roberts resigned after the release of
an audit into the controversial multi-
million-dollar Life Sport programme.
Calls to Mohan's cellphone yester-
day went unanswered and voice mes-
sages were not returned.
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bility for the contentious eBeam Interact
contract lay with the Sport Company of
T&T (SporTT) and not his client.
"It was those who drafted it that chose
to omit certain clauses, that chose to
draft it in a loose way," he said.
Pressed by the media to explain
whether Creed was either unaware of
his role to protect the public purse or
complicit with the board's decisions,
Taylor said he could not answer that, as
he would have to direct those questions
to his client.
Taylor's legal argument on Creed's
behalf is that the vague contracts which
allowed the multi-million-dollar payment
to eBeam was not his client's doing.
"It was drafted by the Sport Company's
legal team. Sport Company is a special-
purpose company," he said.
On Thursday, Cabinet took the decision
to dismiss the entire Sport Company
Attorney Peter Taylor holds up a document as he speaks on behalf of his client Ashwin Creed, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport, during a
press conference at his Borde Street, Port-of-Spain office yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
PS's lawyer heads to court with Life Sport
Creed made a scapegoat
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