It is a diplomatic insult and embarrassment to Trinidad and Tobago if Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, traveling on a Diplomatic Passport is being pulled aside by airport authorities for “secondary screening” because of his beard, his Iraqi surname and the fact that he speaks Arabic.
Our undergraduate Attorney General continues to pursue gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of his own attributes in an attempt to mask his incompetence.
Why did Faris Al-Rawi, without being asked a question on the subject, reveal that “every single” time he travels abroad, he has been pulled aside by airport authorities for “secondary screening” because of his beard, his Iraqi surname and the fact that he speaks Arabic.
Is he speaking the truth?
Faris Al-Rawi, as the Attorney General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, travels on a Diplomatic Passport.
The country to which he is traveling would have been advised of the AG’s visit through our Ministry of Foreign Affairs which would have alerted that country’s diplomatic mission in Trinidad and Tobago.
One very senior Diplomat said he was literally speechless at the AG’s revelations.
If the AG is traveling to the US, he is usually met at the gate and does not go through the regular Customs and Immigration formalities, much less a “secondary screening.”
If, and that a big if, a foreign Government has reason to believe that there is something amiss about such a high ranking Cabinet Minister who is traveling on a diplomatic passport that they may wish to interrogate him/her, they would need to be absolutely certain that their intel is correct to avoid a diplomatic embarrassment.
Is it that the authorities in the countries he travels to know something about Al-Rawi that he is concealing? Given the power of a diplomatic passport, it takes more than mere suspicion to search an Attorney General, beard or no beard.
How long has he been sporting a beard because his statement was “every single” time he travels abroad he has been pulled aside.
And how would these foreign authorities know he speaks Arabic… he is traveling on a T&T Diplomatic Passport and there is one official language in this country – English!
The other question is how would they know he can speak Arabic unless he tries to address them or someone else in that language.
If Al-Rawi has been pulled aside by airport authorities for “secondary screening” because of his beard, his Iraqi surname and the fact that he speaks Arabic, this is a diplomatic insult and embarrassment to Trinidad and Tobago.
We know that the United States, through James Lewis QC, told the Court of Appeal in Port of Spain the US Government did not have total confidence in the Office of the Attorney General.
In response to a direct question from Chief Justice Ivor Archie as to whether or not the US Government did not trust the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago to represent it’s interest, Lewis responded very candidly, “Well that is one way of putting it.”
Attorney General Al-Rawi has now revealed that he has been the subject of secondary screenings at foreign ports of entry on several occasions because of his beard, his Iraqi surname and the fact that he can speak Arabic whenever he travels abroad.
Has our Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched any Diplomatic protests over the treatment of the second highest ranking member of the Cabinet?
FARIS AL RAWI