Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert says Attorney General Faris Al Rawi's claim that uncollected VAT amounts to $12 billion, is not correct.
"I don't know exactly where the Attorney General got that figure from but that's not the figure I have," Minister Imbert told today's post-Cabinet media conference.
The AG made the comments as he addressed the Chamber of Industry and Commerce on Wednesday.
An attorney-at-law representing former Clico Chairman, Lawrence Duprey has written to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, questioning the appropriateness of Minister Stuart Young being responsible for addressing all aspects of the Commission of Enquiry's report into Clico.
Attorney Lionel Michael Luckhoo points out that Young had appeared as counsel of Ernst and Young during Commission's hearings.
Opposition member of Parliament, Dr Suruj Rambachan says the statements by Attorney General Faris Al Rawi in relation to the Opposition's walkout of Parliament on Friday, is what he calls PNM contempt.
Dr Rambachan says it is "hollow and disrespectful" is the PNM's "disrespect" for the safety of citizens.
The folllowing is a statement issued by Dr Rambachan:
Yet again, the Honourable Attorney General has demonstrated that he does not understand basic constitutional law principles when he stated erroneously that the fact that the SSA Amendment Bill was assented to by His Excellency must mean "he [the President] thought it must be good law".
The reference made by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that Opposition Senator attorney Gerald Ramdeen was a “person of great interest” to the State was in the context of an ongoing audit being conducted by the Attorney General’s office.
AG Faris Al-Rawi emphasised that neither his office nor that of the PM had the authority to probe anyone, adding that was the role of the police.
Government has begun statistical groundwork for decriminalising of marijuana possession, says Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi. He told the T&T Guardian he is reviewing the Dangerous Drugs Act and wide consultation is planned before any policy decision is taken.