By Gail Alexander
October 13, 2011 – guardian.co.tt
The Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) and the Congress of the People (COP), a coalition partner in the People’s Partnership, have called on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to immediately act in the issue concerning taped statements by Works and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner. PNM MP Amery Browne said Persad-Bissessar must immediately suspend Warner from the Cabinet and allow a police probe to proceed. COP chairman Joseph Toney, who said he was not at all comfortable with the situation pertaining to Warner, added that the Prime Minister must speak about the issue and the country must be told whether any laws were broken.
The tape was posted on the Internet by London’s Telegraph newspaper. In it, Warner allegedly urged fellow Caribbean football officials to accept US$40,000 cash gifts from Qatar’s Mohamed bin Hammam, a former presidential candidate for world football governing body, FIFA. Warner was at the time speaking at a meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) on May 11 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain. This was before FIFA’s presidential elections. The gifts were an alleged payment for CFU members to support bin Hammam’s candidacy. Warner was suspended pending investigations into the incident. He subsequently resigned as FIFA vice-president. Warner has admitted to telling the CFU delegates to take the money and use it for development, but he says the tape was doctored.
Full Article : guardian.co.tt
…Kamla refers Jack to Anand
PRIME MINISTER Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday said she has seen a video in which Works and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner is alleged to have urged Caribbean Football Union (CFU) delegates, at a meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain on May 11, to accept gifts from then FIFA presidential candidate Mohammed bin Hamman.