Wednesday 19 June, 2019

PM assures release of Petrotrin documents to UNC activist

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaks at the Post Cabinet Media Briefing at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's, June 6, 2019.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaks at the Post Cabinet Media Briefing at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's, June 6, 2019.

Documents requested by UNC activist Ravi Balgobin Maharaj will be released to him once certain legal requirements have been met.

This, as Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley assured that Government had nothing to hide in the matter.

Speaking at the Post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday, the Prime Minister explained that there were certain steps that must be taken before the documents could be released.

He assured that those steps are being taken.

“As soon as the legal requirements are met (the documents will be released). The Prime Minister’s word is not law in this country, you know. It’s only an idea, in this case. So, as soon as they’re able to do it legally they will do it,” Rowley said.

The UNC activist sought, through the Freedom of Information Act, the witness statements of former Petrotrin employees Charmaine Baptiste and Anthony Chan Tack which were filed in arbitration proceedings between Petrotrin and World GTL Ltd.

He was granted leave by the Privy Council to file judicial review proceedings.

But, Maharaj said he is still not in receipt of the documents, despite the assurances given by Prime Minister Rowley at a Post Cabinet briefing two weeks ago.

Rowley maintained that the documents will be released to the UNC activist in the “not too distant future” when Government “should be in a position actually carry it out”.

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