Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has described as "laughably hypocritical", comments made by Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal on the government awarding contracts to criminals.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Dr Rowley defended claims that government ministers were awarding contracts to criminals.
The following is the prime minister's statement.
A closed-door session of the Privileges Committee meeting fell apart today after Oropouche East Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal refused to give his opening submissions.
Though the attendees of the private session were bound by confidentiality, Guardian Media learned that Moonilal challenged the current composition of the Committee.
Opposition Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr Roodal Moonilal says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is yet to file a defamation lawsuit against him.
He says the statement made at the PNM's National Convention on Sunday, that the lawsuit will be heard in the court this week, is false.
The following is a statement issued by Dr Moonilal Monday morning.
"I call upon Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to retract his false, mischievous and misleading statement that his defamation lawsuit against me will be heard in court this week.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bridgid Annisette-George has ruled that a prima facie case have been made out against Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal, fo a statement made in the House towards Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds.
The Speaker had been asked to consider whether Moonilal breached Parliament's privileges, for telling Hinds, "Da is why Snake have some lead for you.”
The following is the Speaker's ruling: