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AG: More action on PP, PNM corruption

Published: 
Sunday, June 4, 2017
As contractors’ premises raided...
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is promising a lot more action to come as they investigate corruption and allegations of corruption under the under the People’s Partnership government and the present administration.

“Wherever corruption raises its head, including under a People’s National Movement (PNM)) Government, we would take action with transparency,” Al-Rawi said.

He said unlike the previous administration where numerous pre-action protocol letters were issued but not one single matter bore fruit, civil actions related to corruption will soon come up in the courts

Al-Rawi was giving an update on the raids carried out by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACIB) on the offices of five contractors earlier this week. The premises of TN Ramnauth & Company, Motilal Ramhit & Sons Construction, Namalco Group of Companies, Kall Co Ltd and Fides Ltd were searched for documents related to the award of some $400 million worth of contracts by the Estate Management Business Development Company (EMBD) under the PP government.

While on a tour in San Fernando with Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan and Mayor Junia Regrello yesterday, Al-Rawi did not go into specifics on the matter.

He noted, “T&T has awakened to work which has been going on for a considerable amount of time. We have been telling the population on a continuous basis that action is being taken. There is a lot more action to come to the fore.

“What I can tell you is that after $1.2 billion of legal fees being spent by the previous administration, fattened legal fees that cannot be justified, and $444 million spent by Ag Ramlogan in particular, not a single matter commenced by them has borne fruit.”

Al-Rawi said the PNM Government was taking a very quiet and educated approach to dealing with corruption. He said they have passed on certain information to the TTPS and some of the work being done is now coming to the public domain.

“What I can tell you, is that you will soon see in the civil courts, fruits that have been ripened,” he said.