PM replies to Moonilal's claims: "A monstrous lie"

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has de­nied he has an ac­count in any fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion in the Unit­ed States. He is al­so call­ing on Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith and the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Unit to ini­ti­ate probes in­to the claims Oropouche MP Roodal Mooni­lal has made against him and to re­port their find­ings to the pub­lic.

Row­ley al­so said he would in­struct At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi to use the var­i­ous treaties Gov­ern­ment has signed on­to with the Unit­ed States, to pur­sue the ac­qui­si­tion of var­i­ous state­ments and doc­u­men­ta­tion at the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion named by Mooni­lal so that the mat­ter could be thor­ough­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed.

He made the com­ment dur­ing a press con­fer­ence mo­ments ago, la­belling Mooni­lal's al­le­ga­tions "a mon­strous lie."

Ac­com­pa­nied by his lawyer Michael Quam­i­na, Row­ley de­nied al­le­ga­tions he ben­e­fit­ted fi­nan­cial­ly from A&V Drilling in re­la­tion to the fake oil fi­as­co at Petrotrin.

Mooni­lal made the claims dur­ing yes­ter­day's Bud­get de­bate in Par­lia­ment, where he al­leged­ly read from doc­u­ments he claimed showed the Prime Min­is­ter had ben­e­fit­ed from fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions con­duct­ed through a Flori­da-based bank.

But Quam­i­na not­ed that the email pur­port­ed to have been sent to the PM was not, in fact, his email ad­dress, car­ried no date and was al­so not ad­dressed to Row­ley and was ob­vi­ous­ly to be false. He said the com­pa­ny named by Mooni­lal as hav­ing been part of the trans­ac­tion, For­mu­la 1 Trad­ing, had al­so ceased to func­tion since 2011 and was struck off the com­pa­ny's reg­istry in T&T.

He said while he could not chal­lenge the state­ments Mooni­lal made in the House since he would have been cov­ered by priv­i­lege, sub­se­quent state­ments made by the Oropouche MP to the me­dia and on so­cial me­dia were not cov­ered. Quam­i­na said he would now look at these state­ments with the in­ten­tion of tak­ing Mooni­lal be­fore the court for defama­tion against his client.

Quam­i­na al­so pro­posed to go af­ter in­di­vid­u­als who were mak­ing sim­i­lar­ly dam­ag­ing state­ments against the PM on so­cial me­dia in re­la­tion to the mat­ter.

Row­ley will al­so make a for­mal state­ment on the mat­ter in par­lia­ment this af­ter­noon.

See en­tire news con­fer­ence here: https://www.face­book.com/CNC3Tele­vi­sion/videos/2072455253068609/

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