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No probe into Rambarran, say AG, cops

Published: 
Monday, September 11, 2017
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is distancing himself from claims by former Central Bank governor Jwala Rambarran that there is a conspiracy between the Office of the Attorney General and the Police Service to make him the subject of a politically-motivated police probe.

Over the weekend Rambarran, in a posting on social media, claimed he was contacted by a journalist from a daily newspaper who had informed him that she was in possession of documents from the AG’s office which indicated that Rambarran was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Fraud Squad.

The allegations, Rambaran said, are related to his former duties as chairman of the Deposit Insurance Corporation while Central Bank governor. He claimed to believe the journalist as she had close ties with senior PNM officials.

Contacted yesterday, however, Al-Rawi said, “The Office of the Attorney General distances itself from any form of allegation made by Mr Rambarran. The TTPS ... if there is any matter that they are considering, stands as institution which constitutionally stands completely apart from any executive.

“I cannot endorse any such accusations made by Mr Rambarran nor has it been the habit of this Government to conduct any of its matters in the public domain and in the press.”

Pressed on whether he was aware if Rambarran was the subject of the criminal investigation, the AG said he was “not aware nor prior to be aware.”

Asked if he was concerned that documents could have been leaked from his office which were then shared with Rambarran, Al-Rawi said he could not speak to that.

“Mr Rambarran is someone who stands on his own. I cannot step into the mind of Mr Rambarran and I am not aware of any communication with any journalist or any media person. I have not dealt with this topic at all or otherwise,” the AG said.

The AG reiterated that this country follows the due process principle ,adding that he strongly denounced any allegations of issues which stemmed from race and political motivation.

Checks yesterday with the TTPS also revealed that Rambarran was not subject to any police probe at this time.