Trinidad and Tobago

Cabinet reshuffle after witness tampering accusations


Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has carried out a reshuffle of her Cabinet following allegations against the Attorney General and Minister of National Security.

The Prime Minister, in a televised statement, said that she had asked for the resignations of the two men after allegations of witness-tampering. The Attorney General has been accused by Director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) David West of asking him to withhold a witness statement. The Minister of National Security was also accused of being involved.

The Newsday website reports the Prime Minister as saying “I have requested and received statements from the Honourable Attorney General and the Honourable Minister of National Security. I have perused both those statements as well as the reported statements of the Director of the PCA, and from my perusal of same I have discerned that the material facts contained therein are in conflict with each other.

I cannot be judge and jury to determine the veracity of any or all. While I am not in a position to determine neither guilt nor innocence in this matter it is of grave enough consequence to warrant serious consideration and immediate action.

I cannot and will not sit idly by while the Office of the Attorney General and that of the Minister of National Security and the head of the Police Complaints Authority are being compromised and brought into disrepute by such allegations that have warranted a police enquiry”.

The changes made to the Cabinet as announced by the Prime Minister are as follows:

Garvin Nicholas Attorney General
Brigadier General Carl Alfonso Minister of National Security
Prakash Ramadhar Minister of Justice and Minister of Legal Affairs
Christine Newallo-Hosein Minister of the People and Social Development
Brent Sancho Minister of Sports
Kwesu Mutima Minister in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure

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