Attorney General

AG assures those mentioned in Panama Papers will be investigated

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi is giving the assurance that Trinidadians identified in the Panama Papers will be investigated.

The Attorney General says the allegations of money laundering are of grave concern to the government.

He says these allegations are being attended to. 

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He also says allegations that the previous government released OAS Construtora, from liability with the knowledge that the company was bankrupt will not go unexplored.

New unit for Police Service to address crimes against children

National Security Minister Brigadier (Ret) Edmund Dillon has announced the creation of a Child Protection Unit in the Police Service and the Attorney General says his Ministry will back it up with proper legislation. 

Addressing today's post-Cabinet media conference, Minister Dillon noted that in recent times there has been an increase in incidences of crime against children.

He said that against that background, the Commissioner of Police felt that a dedicated and focused entity within the Police Service was necessary to deal with crimes committed against children.

AG: Why I discontinued Malcolm Jones case

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says his decision to discontinue the legal proceedings against former Petrotrin chairman Malcolm Jones, was based on legal advice that was also available to former Attorneys-General Anand Ramlogan and Garvin Nicholas.

The AG is questioning why that some information was kept away from the legal team.

The following is the statement issued by the Office of the Attorney General on Wednesday evening:

Attorney Varun Debideen's letter to AG on Malcolm Jones case leaked to media

One of the attorneys assigned to prosecute former Petrotrin chairman Malcolm Jones, has penned a letter to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, in reference to his involvement in the Malcolm Jones case.

Attorney Varun Debideen says he is not accepting that he acted unprofessionally in this matter.

The following is Debideen's letter to the Attorney General which was written before the decision by the AG to discontinue the matter. The letter was sent to the media by former Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj:

"2nd February 2016

UNC challenges AG on discontinuance of case against Malcolm Jones

The United National Congress is challenging the Government over the discontinuance of a case filed against former Petrotrin president Malcolm Jones, announced the Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi at a news conference today.

The UNC believes that the case brought against Jones was strong and backed with solid evidence.

The following is the UNC's statement:

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