Would Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, investigate the allegation made by Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal in Parliament on Friday?
Although he was forced to withdraw the allegation, Moonilal wants the Attorney General to investigate what he stated.
Moonilal, former Housing Minister, made a serious allegation involving a a Government Minister, but was made to withdraw it in a matter of minutes.
Explaining he had been absent from the December 1 debate on a bill to amend several acts related to anti-money laundering, Moonilal said he went to Florida to follow the money about the multi-million dollar “fake oil” scandal at State-owned Petrotrin.
Moonilal added, “If you want a concrete example of dealing with money laundering today, I ask the Attorney General to tell us, in his winding up, What have you done so far to find the $80 million in the fake oil scandal, where not one but two reports have confirmed that the oil is fake but the money is real?“
Moonilal said he had information about “where this money is now moving from contractor A to contractor B and I can confirm that a cheque, which cheque number I have, which bank I have, has moved to the spouse of a high-ranking Government official.”
Moonilal then read from an email allegedly to a Government Minister from someone connected to owner of A&V Oil and Gas Limited, Haniff Baksh.
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi rose and accused Moonilal of imputing improper motives.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bridgid Annisette-George, then asked Moonilal to withdraw his statement, which he did.
Moonilal said the person who had the banking information was very scared to come to Trinidad to meet him, so he (Moonilal) went to Florida.
The former Minister added, “The person was kind enough to give me several pieces of information. I raised one today and that is a banking piece of information. All I did was to ask the Attorney General to look into it. I cannot confirm whether it’s true or not, I’m not a detective or investigator, because we were dealing with money laundering. I was horrified to know that the name appeared on a document. Even now, I still am hoping that, that document is not authentic.”
Al Rawi stated, “Let me make this abundantly clear, he effectively said nothing because he withdrew everything from the record. What I am waiting on is for the Member for Oropouche East to go into the public domain and say whatever he wants to say. It’s only then that I will hear anything that he has to say.”
DR ROODAL MOONILAL