Marlene McDonald

Kamla stays mum on tip-off allegations

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has re­spond­ed to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley on al­le­ga­tions that she had no knowl­edge that Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald was to be ar­rest­ed, telling UNC sup­port­ers last night that she had “no pip”.

She spoke at a UNC meet­ing at the New Grant Gov­ern­ment School in Moru­ga yes­ter­day.

Al-Rawi: I made no inquiry about Marlene’s impending arrest

Al­though ad­mit­ting that Port-of-Spain South MP Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald in­quired whether he knew of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to her, At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi de­nies mak­ing any queries to the po­lice.

Al-Rawi said a few months be­fore Mc­Don­ald was ar­rest­ed in a cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion last month, she ap­proached him in the Par­lia­ment.

Speak­ing to re­porters at Skin­ner Park yes­ter­day, he said Mc­Don­ald told him as a mat­ter of fact that Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar had in­formed the MP about her im­pend­ing ar­rest.

State to produce 22 witnesses against Marlene

For­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald has made her first court ap­pear­ance since be­ing charged with cor­rup­tion, last month. 

The Port-of-Spain South MP, her long-time com­pan­ion Michael Carew, Wayne An­tho­ny, Vic­tor McEachrane and Edgar Zepher­ine ap­peared be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Maria Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court, yes­ter­day morn­ing. 

Carew faces new bail hurdle

For­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald’s long-time com­pan­ion Michael Carew and an­oth­er man charged along­side the cou­ple for cor­rup­tion and mon­ey laun­der­ing, en­coun­tered yet an­oth­er ob­sta­cle on Tues­day in ac­cess­ing bail.

Sources at the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court told Guardian Me­dia that the Clerk of the Peace yes­ter­day re­ject­ed the two po­ten­tial bailors who were se­lect­ed to se­cure their bail.

PM: Media trying to pin Marlene's 'misdeeds' on me

Even as he fumed at the me­dia for “try­ing to pin” Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald’s cor­rup­tion scan­dal on him, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley on Thursday ad­mit­ted that he ex­er­cised flawed judg­ment by re­in­stat­ing her as a Cab­i­net min­is­ter de­spite the trail of al­le­ga­tions that dogged her.

Row­ley faced the me­dia yes­ter­day for the first time since Mc­Don­ald was ar­rest­ed at her Mara­cas, St Joseph home last Thurs­day. She has been charged with sev­en of­fences of cor­rup­tion, fraud and mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice and is now home on $2 mil­lion bail.

PM on McDonald: No crisis - Ship of State flows smoothly along

"As far as the Government is concerned, there is no crisis in Trinidad and Tobago."

Those were the words of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as he began addressing Thursday's post-Cabinet news conference on the matter of dismissed minister Marlene McDonald.

"A crisis means different things for different people. For us the ship of state flows smoothly along," he said.

But the prime minister has admitted that he made an error in judgement by having returned Marlene McDonald to the Cabinet, despite the allegations she had been facing when he did.

More bail problems for Marlene

For­mer pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc Don­ald has en­coun­tered an­oth­er ob­sta­cle in se­cur­ing her two-mil­lion-dol­lar bail.

Guardian Me­dia has been in­formed that the bail doc­u­ments were sent to the women's prison in Arou­ca late Wednes­day evening.

This morn­ing the prison in­di­cat­ed to her lawyer and bailiffs that Mc Don­ald need­ed to come to the prison to sign the bail bond be­fore she is of­fi­cial­ly re­leased.

More bail problems for Marlene

Former Public Administration minister Marlene Mc Donald has encountered another obstacle in securing her two million dollar bail.

Sources told Guardian Media that the bail documents were sent to the women's prison in Arouca late yesterday evening.

This morning the prison indicated to her lawyer and bailiffs that McDonald needed to come to the prison to physically sign the bail bond before she is officially released.

Mc Donald has been warded at the St Clair Medical Centre since Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.

The charges

Be­tween No­vem­ber 8, 2007, and De­cem­ber 5, 2013 - Mc­Don­ald, Carew, McEachrane, and Zephyrine al­leged­ly con­spired to de­fraud the state via pay­ments to the Prov­i­dent Foun­da­tion for De­vel­op­ment in the amount of $800,000

Be­tween 31 March 2010 and 10 Sep­tem­ber 2010, Mc­Don­ald, Carew, McEachrane al­leged­ly con­spired to de­fraud the State of T&T of via pay­ments the Cal­abar Foun­da­tion in the amount of $375,000

Ball in PM’s court for damage control

The rul­ing PNM gov­ern­ment seems to be lurch­ing from one cri­sis to an­oth­er. This was how po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Prof John La Guerre re­spond­ed to the re­cent fir­ing of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald and Mon­day’s can­cel­la­tion of Garvin Si­mon­ette’s ap­point­ment as her re­place­ment.

Mc­Don­ald, a deputy po­lit­i­cal leader of the PNM, and pow­er­house in both the Par­lia­ment and the po­lit­i­cal was charged with sev­en crim­i­nal of­fences yes­ter­day along with four oth­ers in­clud­ing her com­pan­ion.

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