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Anil: Imbert must explain why so much $$ at home
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts yesterday trained his guns on the PNM’s Colm Imbert saying the Diego Martin North MP must explain why he had more than $.5 million in T&T and US currency stashed away in his Hillsborough, Maraval, home when robbers pounced on Monday.
After expressing his happiness that Imbert’s son, who was asleep in the house at the time of the burglary, was unhurt, Roberts questioned why the former government minister had in his possession $200,000 in local currency and US$20,000. “Every time the Prime Minister and the Minister of National Security stand up and say in Parliament that murders are down in Laventille, the member for Diego Martin North screams out, ‘Don't say it. When you say it crime accelerates,’” Roberts said.
The Sport Minister said Imbert must explain why he had that large amount of currency in his possession when there are many other ways legitimate financial transactions can be carried out, including personal and banker’s cheques, debit cards, credit cards, money transfers and bank drafts. “There are serious questions Imbert must answer especially since he is determined to bring down the Government and is someone who has identified crime as the major problem facing T&T today,” Roberts said.
He also called on the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Ministry of Finance, the Integrity Commission and the police to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and provide answers to the questions that have arisen since the robbery at the MP’s home. “Every week Imbert claims crime is out of proportion and questions all the statistics provided by the Government and the Ministry of National Security claiming that they are all lying and he is living in fear,” Roberts said.
“But lo and behold we learn that he has a huge amount of cash lying around in his house. And for what purpose? Is it to pay salaries of his workers and his house staff? He needs to clear the air immediately.” The Sport Minister recalled that during the general election campaign of 2010, Imbert was telling the nation that the PP politicians were moving around with “pickups of cash.”
He said: “But this seems now to be Imbert’s reality. He is clearly judging others by his own standards. And now the question must be asked, ‘Is he the Mr Big the former prime minster spoke about?’” He said police have raided drug dens and other people’s properties and confiscated less than what was reported stolen from Imbert’s house and wondered if double standards are being employed.
“What are we seeing, one law for the Member for Diego Martin North and another for a man living in Laventille? Everything must be placed above board to avoid wild speculation,” said Roberts.
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