By Andre Bagoo
Friday, July 2 2010 – newsday.co.tt
WITH AN estimated $5 million in materials and equipment now removed from the site of the controversial church project at the Heights of Guanapo, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan yesterday said he was “mad, upset and vex” in the wake of what he described as the “wanton looting” of the building which led to its collapse on Wednesday.
A fuming Ramlogan hit out at Acting Commissioner of Police (CoP) James Philbert and the Integrity Commission, both state entities which are constitutionally independent of the Executive, for their apparent failure to secure the site of the Lighthouse of Our Lord Jesus Christ church in the wake of reports of looting which dated back since early June.
The church, up until that month, was being constructed by Chinese contractor Shanghai Construction Group (SCG) in the name of the spiritual adviser to former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, Rev Juliana Pena.
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AG, CoP in angry war of words
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Acting Police Commissioner James Philbert yesterday traded angry words as issues over the controversial church at Guanapo took a dramatic new turn.
Philbert: AG in contempt
ACTING Commissioner of Police James Philbert yesterday lashed back at Attorney General Anand Ramlogan accusing him of “contempt, disdain, bias and animosity” as he defended the police’s decision not to secure the looting-plagued site of the Lighthouse of Our Lord Jesus Christ church at the Heights of Guanapo.
Guanapo worshippers: Why no action on looting?
Church worshippers yesterday cried foul as looting and wanton destruction continued at the controversial incomplete Lighthouse of Our Lord Jesus Christ Church.
Mannings mum on looting
Patrick Manning and his wife, Hazel, yesterday declined to speak about the looting, vandalism and destruction of the controversial Lighthouse Of Our Lord Jesus Christ Church at the heights of Guanapo.
Wrong target, Mr Ramlogan
June 29, 2010 – trinidadexpress.com
THE reported outrage expressed by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan over the lack of security at the controversial church construction site in the Heights of Guanapo appears misplaced. Mr Ramlogan had called more than a week ago for the construction materials at the site to be secured in the face of investigations into the project.
Both the police and the Integrity Commission have launched separate probes into this project, the latter in response to a complaint filed by Devant Maharaj head of the IndoTrinbagonian Equality Council. The investigations arose from allegations concerning the involvement of State corporation UDeCOTT, its former chairman Calder Hart, and of former prime minister Patrick Manning.
Again over the weekend, unauthorised persons moved onto the site, removing galvanised sheets and large quantities of steel scaffolding.
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AG furious over IC inaction June 28, 2010
ATTORNEY General Anand Ramlogan has expressed outrage over the alleged failure of the Integrity Commission to ensure that the assets of the Light House of the Lord Jesus Christ church located in the Heights of Guanapo in Arima, were protected from looters over the past few weeks.