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.