PM writes COP, FIU requesting investigation into Moonilal's claims

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 17:15

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today sent correspondence to the Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith and the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit, Susan Francois requesting an investigation into the allegations of criminal conduct made against him and other persons by Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr Roodal Moonilal in Parliament on Tuesday 09 October, 2018.

This was confirmed by the Office of the Prime Minister in a media release Thursday afternoon.

The statement said that Dr Rowley requested that both recipients, as a matter of urgent public interest, use their offices to investigate and report on their findings and to take any and all appropriate action, as the circumstances may warrant.

On Wednesday, the prime min­is­ter denied claims that he has an ac­count in any fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion in the Unit­ed States and said he would call on the Police Com­mis­sion­er and the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Unit to ini­ti­ate probes in­to the claims Oropouche MP Roodal Mooni­lal has made against him.

Dr Row­ley had al­so said he would in­struct At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi to use the var­i­ous treaties Gov­ern­ment has signed on­to with the Unit­ed States, to pur­sue the ac­qui­si­tion of var­i­ous state­ments and doc­u­men­ta­tion at the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion named by Mooni­lal so that the mat­ter could be thor­ough­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed.

He made the com­ment dur­ing a press con­fer­ence, la­belling Mooni­lal's al­le­ga­tions "a mon­strous lie."

Ac­com­pa­nied by his lawyer Michael Quam­i­na, Row­ley de­nied al­le­ga­tions he ben­e­fit­ted fi­nan­cial­ly from A&V Drilling in re­la­tion to the fake oil fi­as­co at Petrotrin.

Dr Mooni­lal made the claims dur­ing Tues­day's Bud­get de­bate in Par­lia­ment, where he al­leged­ly read from doc­u­ments he claimed showed the Prime Min­is­ter had ben­e­fit­ed from fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions con­duct­ed through a Flori­da-based bank.

But Quam­i­na not­ed that the email pur­port­ed to have been sent to the PM was not, in fact, his email ad­dress, car­ried no date and was al­so not ad­dressed to Row­ley and was ob­vi­ous­ly to be false.

He said the com­pa­ny named by Dr Mooni­lal as hav­ing been part of the trans­ac­tion, For­mu­la 1 Trad­ing, had al­so ceased to func­tion since 2011 and was struck off the com­pa­ny's reg­istry in T&T.