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Hafizool sent resume to PNM
In 2009, Dr Hafizool Ali Mohammed expressed an interest in assisting the People’s National Movement (PNM) government with national security measures in T&T. In an August 4 letter to then prime minister Patrick Manning, Mohammed, a member of the commission of enquiry into the 1990 coup attempt, asked for a meeting and expressed his willingness to serve. However, he was not approached to serve under the former PNM administration.
Mohammed also sent a letter to then minister of national security Martin Joseph. A copy of his curriculum vitae (CV) was also attached. Among the qualifications he listed was a doctor of science degree (DSc) in international relations that he obtained from Atlantic International University, which is described by various Web sites as a diploma mill.
As he did on his current CV, Mohammed also claimed he was the author of the US Army Strategic Vision road map. However, the Web site for that road map does not mention Mohammed in connection with his claim. In his letter to Manning, Mohammed listed impressive academic and military qualifications and claimed former head of the Special Anti-Crime Unit Brig Peter Joseph could confirm his credentials.
He wrote: “In the event you wish to confirm my credentials, please consult with Brig Joseph in whom I have the utmost respect and confidence, not to exclude the fact that he is my esteemed army colleague. “I have discussed this matter and sought his guidance prior to my letter to Minister Joseph. “I would like to provide an in-depth analysis of the current plan that is being recommended by MG Ross, either independently or as part of a working group.
“If you wish to discuss this matter with me, please so advise as to the appropriate day and time with you. My esteemed colleague and friend in Trinidad, Richard Koorn, of Donrich Security, will accompany me.” Donrich Security Kennels is located at Factory Road, Golden Grove, Arouca, on the same compound where retired police inspector Mervyn Cordner claimed the Flying Squad was secretly revived.
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams has launched an investigation into Cordner’s claims. When T&T Guardian contacted Manning yesterday, inquiring why Mohammed was never asked to serve in any capacity, he replied: “I am currently doing physiotherapy. I am only interested in recovering.”
Joseph said he could not verify Mohammed’s credentials. He said he met Mohammed in 1994 when a colleague died. “How could I verify his credentials? I did not go to school with him. The person who went to school with him is dead. We never attended any schools together,” he said
One year after Mohammed was blanked by the PNM administration, he approached the People’s Partnership government expressing a keen interest in assisting with national security measures. He first contacted Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran via e-mail in 2010.
An e-mail was also sent to the Minister of National Security shortly after his new appointment in which he stated: “Congratulations are in order for you appointment as the new Minister of National Security in T&T. Your achievements and man-of-action fame precede you well. I would like to say that you are not alone in the aim to provide T&T as safe and secured haven. And this is the reason for which I am sending you this e-mail.
“I have attached my CV for your information and to determine in what way I can assist you. I also have attached a photo that we took in Chaguanas in December 2011.” The e-mail further stated: “I sit on the enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup. I wear four hats: a foreigner, an international security expert, a combat veteran and a Muslim.
“I wish you luck and hope to hear from you soon. Our next enquiry session is scheduled for the last week in August and will last for two weeks. However, I am prepared to be on the next flight to meet with you regarding national security of T&T and any other matters as may be deemed appropriate.” The Government is expected to make a decision this week on Mohammed’s status as a commissioner in the enquiry into the 1990 coup attempt.
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