Last week’s raids on certain South homes had nothing to do with the alleged corruption-related cases of United National Congress members Anand Ramlogan and Gerald Ramdeen - but there was very good reason for these homes to be searched, National Security Minister Stuart Young said at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media briefing.
Young made the comment as he supported Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s recent view that warrants weren’t always needed for some searches. He said if there’s reasonable suspicion a crime is about to be perpetrated or is being perpetrated, police “have the authority” to enter premises to deal with what’s about to be done and prevent it.
Young also said he couldn’t compare People’s National Movement Senator Lester Henry’s DUI case - where Henry pleaded guilty - with Ramlogan and Ramdeen’s cases. Opposition queries have been raised about this after Ramdeen resigned from the Senate ahead of appearing in court on Monday. Henry remains on the PNM’s Senate bench.
Young said he didn’t see the comparison between Henry’s drinking/driving case and Ramdeen and Ramlogan’s alleged misappropriation cases.
Young also apologised and said he was embarrassed to learn from media yesterday about outstanding payments for Immigration Detention Centre workers. Other sectors, including TTT workers and MTS security officers for schools also haven’t been paid. He said he got a call from a TTT worker on this.
He said Cabinet yesterday approved $100 million for Finance to facilitate payments for MTS and other contractors. He admitted there are cash flow difficulties from time to time.
However, Young said Finance Minister Colm Imbert would have an opportunity at today’s Parliament to comment on positive news that the International Monetary Fund has revised its assessment of T&T to now being on a growth path. The IMF recently stated there was no growth but the latest report changed this outlook.
Parliament today debates an Opposition motion on the economy.