The civil case filed by the State against a number of former State officials has already been dealt with and closed by the Integrity Commission.
This was revealed by former Minister of Housing, Dr Roodal Moonilal in response to the civil case filed on June 20, but only announced last Friday by Minister in the Office of the Attorney General Stuart Young.
Moonilal has described the lawsuit being pursued by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) against individuals involved in the valuation and sale of property purchased by the HDC at Eden Gardens, Freeport, as obscene.
He also described it as a “naked and callous piece of political witch-hunt”.
At a press conference on Friday, Young said Government was “following the money”, saying it had unearthed further information possibly linking other individuals to the matter, which may also include “big fish”.
Young detailed some aspects of the civil suit filed in the High Court on June 28, which raised issues over why the value of a property purchased by the HDC at Eden Gardens in Freeport increased by more than $100 million. The claims against the defendants include bribery, a breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. Allegations of a $50,000 bribe being paid to a public servant to inflate the value of a 50-acre parcel of land at Eden Gardens, originally valued at $52 million, were also raised in the lawsuit.
During the press conference, Young said he expected accusations of political witch-hunting and a lot of other crimes, which were meant to “distract the population away from the real issues”.
Moonilal also said Young made no reference to the fact that the People’s National Movement (PNM) already reported that matter to the Integrity Commission which, he said, found no breach of law.
Moonilal added, “He confuses buying bush land with developed lands.” Moonilal also accused Young of prejudicing the legal matter by embarking on a public prosecution.
The Oropouche East MP added, “This is tantamount to misbehaviour in public office and I intend to take this further. He has quickly imaged himself as the PNM schoolyard bully.
“Minister Young should be concerned with how a $48 million contract from the HDC went to a company with no track record of building houses but linked to a government MP.”