Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Al-Rawi slams politicisation of Children Court opening

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is denouncing claims by the United National Congress (UNC), that the Government has persuaded the Judiciary to select buildings owned by PNM financiers to be used as courtrooms.

Al-Rawi made the comment while speaking with members of the media at the opening of the first ever Children Court in the CARICOM region at Elizabeth Street, St Clair, on Tuesday.

With a Fyzabad Children Court to be opened on Wednesday, rumours had it that the building was owned by a PNM member.

Addressing the claims, the AG admitted that the Fyzabad Road building was in fact owned by Energy Minister Franklin Khan's wife.

He said, however, that the decision to lease the building to the Judiciary was taken long before the PNM came into Government.

"The procurement was done by the Judiciary so, in fact, I can tell you the building in Fyzabad is in fact owned by Minister Franklin Khan's wife. That building was procured when he was not even a member of Government so that the Cabinet note and the preparation for that was started under the last Government."

"I can't understand how all of a sudden something which began properly by the Judiciary, prior to the change of Government, has now become an issue."

"These buildings are fit for purpose, they were designed this way, there's value for money in the arrangements and I denounce all the conspiracy theories behind that because the facts can prove otherwise," Al-Rawi stated.

 

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