There was nothing illegal in United National Congress deputy leader David Lee’s transaction with a car – but if he is to be charged the T&T Police Service should go ahead and do so since the party has many good lawyers, says UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, vouching for the issue.
She made the comment during last night’s Monday Night Forum, referring to the report that police had questioned Lee last week concerning the purchase of a $2.3 million Mercedes Benz and if the $1.4m in tax exemption for it may have benefitted a UNC financier.
Saying the story was meant to distract, she asked, "Why come with it now - but you can’t handle what’s happening to you.” She noted a similar action on the car transfer by Local Government Minister Faris Al-Rawi to attorney Roger Kawalsingh.
Persad-Bissessar slammed Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on the crime situation, throwing back at him his 2012 statement that if the government can’t deal with crime, then the government "itself is part of the problem.” She said in UNC's anti-crime plans, a UNC government would split the National Security Ministry into two - Defence and Home Affairs arms.
Persad-Bissessar also knocked Rowley’s comments on women, saying he now wanted to talk about respecting women and children. She said “they” won’t ask Rowley where he was for 27 days or ask Energy’s Stuart Young about his Venezuelan trip and meeting Venezuelan oil Minister Tareck El Aissami but “they” wanted to talk about Larry Lalla and Kevin Ramnarine attending UNC's Family Day.
Persad-Bissessar called on Government to allow Venezuelan children and other migrant children to attend T&T schools. She said there was enough time to get them registered and vaccinated. She said when T&T people go abroad, they get to go to school.
"We should do the same and allow these children fleeing Maduro - and any migrant children - to get a kindergarten, primary, secondary school education," she said.
She said applications for Local Government aldermen are also open and persons will be screened. She called for Caricom and international observers at LG elections.
UNC’s Anil Roberts also made numerous allegations about Rowley, saying he would “drink medicine" for union leader Michael Annisette and reply to Rowley’s recent challenge to Annisette.
Roberts said he was warned by a PNMite that Rowley would sue him, but Roberts said, “You can’t sue somebody for talking the truth, my lawyers have already sorted a list of witnesses to be subpoenaed if Rowley want to sue. Rowley send it boy, the dougla waiting for you."
He reeled off the names of women he’d summon.
MP Dinesh Rambally, who questioned how halting scrap iron sector work would stop the thieves, also slammed the Attorney General’s “emergence” to talk about that matter yesterday. He said pending the appeal against the AG’s recusal in the Miami case on the Piarco Airport matter, there are other options that those who challenged the AG’s participation in the matter could exercise and this would make the Miami case longer for T& . He said the disqualification motion is “round one” and there was more to come.