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It is the season for political confessions, as former senior UNC member and current ILP leader Jack Warner is begging for forgiveness for having been a part of a government which he described as the most corrupt regime that has ever held office in T&T. That Warner is now admitting to the country matters which bring into serious question the propriety of this administration in the conduct of state affairs should not be lightly dismissed as sour grapes. In fact, if only a fraction of the accusations being made by Warner is true, then this regime will pay the ultimate political price—being voted out of office.
But what has been placed in the public domain is much more than emotional outbursts from a hurt individual—the statements made by Warner are tantamount to admissions that would make even the most experienced priest blush. All hell is breaking loose on the political landscape, as cats are being let out of bags and skeletons are being released from closets. The stage is being set for a political Halloween party starring all the characters from our local folklore.
This is not the time for any accused party to tightly grip the legal principles of the “presumption of innocence” or “he who alleges must prove.” In fact, it is incumbent on all individuals who have been accused of wrongdoing to step forward and defend the charges, not with political rhetoric or the reminder of the accusations made against Warner, but with cogent and compelling evidence to refute the allegations.
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