Monday 17 June, 2019

As Kamla cleared in weed probe, UNC welcomes police findings

The United National Congress (UNC) has welcomed the findings of a police investigation into the discovery of a plant-like substance, now confirmed to be marijuana, at the Philippine residence of Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Persad-Bissessar, then prime minister, was in New York at the time of the discovery in 2013.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith on Thursday confirmed that the Opposition leader had been cleared of any wrongdoing in the matter.

The party is now calling for the conclusion of other matters, including the Petrotrin fake oil investigation and Emailgate.

"We are grateful for a resolution to one of the many baseless and senseless allegations leveled against the Political Leader of the United National Congress, however the Party remains resolutely committed to the development of Trinidad and Tobago, in spite of any smear campaign embarked upon by the PNM."

Below is the full statement from the UNC: 

After a protracted investigation surrounding allegations of a “plant-like” substance found on the property of former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the United National Congress welcomes the statement by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith in which he quite correctly stated that Mrs. Persad-Bissessar could in no way be responsible.

The Party commends the Commissioner for finally clearing the air on this matter, which first surfaced four years ago in June 2015 - an election year.

The UNC hopes that similar resources will be deployed into the investigations over the allegations that Petrotrin was paying a known PNM financier and good friend of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley millions of dollars for oil it never received.

In addition, the allegations which were leveled against Mrs Persad-Bissessar and other members of the party which came to be known as “emailgate” remain unresolved, even though the probe ended two years ago and nothing of substance was found as stated by the former Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams on national television.

We reiterate our call on the Director of Public Prosecutions to act on the emailgate allegations and clear those involved as has been done by both the Integrity Commission and the former Commissioner of Police.

We are grateful for a resolution to one of the many baseless and senseless allegations leveled against the Political Leader of the United National Congress, however the Party remains resolutely committed to the development of Trinidad and Tobago, in spite of any smear campaign embarked upon by the PNM.

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