Friday, April 5, 2013

No word from US yet on Warner issue; T&T-US relations excellent: AG Ramlogan

Opposition Senator Fitzgerald Hinds said on Tuesday that the US Government had not yet responded to a request from Attorney General Anand Ramlogan with respect to allegations concerning the son of National Security Minister Jack Warner because the Americans don't trust the People's Partnership Government.

On Thursday Ramlogan shot down that argument and produced correspondence from the US embassy in Port of Spain to show that Hinds assertion was wrong.

Ramlogan admitted that the United States Government had not yet responded to the Government’s request for information on the matter relating to Daryan Warner.

“We’ve been in the Parliament for the past two days and I’ve been in Cabinet today. I don’t know if anything has reached my desk but I would highly doubt it. A matter such as this with a request from one Attorney General to the other is one that will take some time, it has to go through the normal diplomatic channels,” he said.

“His Excellency Mr Thomas Smitham, he has in fact been liaising and trying to coordinate as well to give that assistance,” he added.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has stated that she would not rely on media reports, adding that it would be premature for her to act without any official information from US authorities.

In an effort to prove Hinds wrong Ramlogan read a release from the US Embassy on the matter of the extradition of Doreen Alexander.

The release stated: "The US Embassy recognises the valuable assistance of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, especially the Attorney General Anand Ramlogan in effecting the extradition of Doreen Alexander. 

"The Embassy also recognises the important of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the Anti Kidnapping Squad, the Homicide Bureau for their role in the investigation. This latest extradition underscores the continuing diplomatic and law enforcement cooperation between both countries”.

Ramlogan added, "Those who are trying to create mischief by suggesting diplomatic rift between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States, this press release is perhaps timely in putting that to rest and shelving that whole issue. 

"It is clearly raised by the Opposition as part of the ordinary political mischief that one expects in the dynamism and fluidity of local politics."

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