Saturday 11 July, 2020

AG calls Dr Moonilal’s statements ‘complete unadulterated lies’

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi strongly condemned statements made by Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal concerning allegations regarding Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the 'fake oil' scandal

Speaking to reporters at Wednesday's post-Cabinet briefing, Al-Rawi said Dr Moonilal's abuse of parliamentary privilege was scandalous and unethical. 

In Parliament last Friday, Dr Moonilal said he had evidence of information regarding the Petrotrin "fake oil" scandal and documentary evidence of monies deposited into a foreign account owned by Dr Rowley and his wife.

However, Dr Moonilal withdrew the allegations after he was requested to do so by House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George. 

Dr Rowley has since replied that he is speaking with his legal team concerning these false allegations

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It’s so far from the truth because there isn’t even an account owned by either of them abroad," said Al-Rawi.

He added that Dr Moonilal is also involved in pending court matters. 

“The man who is making these allegations is fighting for his very existence. Every time he is talking he is speaking in his own defence."

“I have very little respect for the cowardice of Moonilal...he made very scandalous allegations. This is a man that is viewed in a particular way…he is not someone I associate myself with in terms of being a paragon of virtue."

"Our response is that the matter will be discussed in the courts,” he said.

Al-Rawi added that Dr Rowley is ‘no stranger’ to winning court matters, having won several settlements in previous cases.

He added that there are rules guiding the use of parliamentary privilege.

"The parliamentary privilege is a very careful one. Privilege cannot be confused with the sort of abuse of privilege (displayed by Dr Moonilal)."

Dr Rowley said once his lawyers advise that he has a valid case, the matter will be brought before the courts. 

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