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Jack’s sons back home for short stay
Former national security minister Jack Warner says his two sons, Daryan and Darryl, are in T&T. Warner confirmed this in a brief interview with the T&T Guardian yesterday, after news circulated overt the weekend that Daryan had been seen at the wedding of United National Congress financier Ish Galbaransingh’s son, Syam, in Tobago on Saturday. There had been several reports last year claiming that Daryan could not leave the US because of his involvement with the FBI Fifa bribery investigation.
Reuters news agency published a report in March 2013 saying Daryan Warner was a witness assisting the FBI in a matter involving alleged corruption in football's governing body. Jack Warner is a former Fifa vice-president. He resigned in the wake of damning allegations against him by the regional body for the sport, Concacaf. Yesterday, Warner was not prepared to comment on the claim that Daryan was still assisting the FBI, saying only “let the media write what they want.”
He did confirm, however, that Daryan returned home to attend Syam Galbaransingh’s wedding. He said Daryan will be returning to the United States on Thursday and Darryl was to leave at a different date. Meanwhile, Warner also expressed concern over the high murder rate for the new year. After a record 12 murders in the first five days of the new year, Warner said the country was in “darkness” and an SOS must be sent to all institutions, including the judiciary and families, to join hands in the fight against crime.
Warner said while he was minister, in January last year, there was only one murder for the corresponding period. Warner said for 35 consecutive days there were also no murders, with not one bullet being fired in Laventille. “The nation is in darkness, it is engulfed in a wave of crime that no one individual can get a handle on,” he said, adding, however, that he had “no tabanca” about not being in office.
Warner said National Security Minister Gary Griffith, the fourth to hold that portfolio in the past four years, was his friend. He said it was time for all the agencies such as the police, judiciary and the people of the country to unite in the fight against crime. “We have to send an SOS to save our country,” Warner insisted, adding there was a critical role for families to play in addressing the crime problem.