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PM: Seizure of assets will be via due process of the court

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is responding to calls for citizens to sign a petition against the passage of the Unexplained Wealth Bill.

In a post to The Office of the Prime Minister's Facebook page, Dr Rowley attempted to clarify what he says are a number of false claims.

The video which began circulating over the weekend made a number of claims, one being that the state could seize assets based only on a suspicion.

PM returns on Tuesday

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will return to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday evening next week.

Acting prime minister, Finance Minister Colm Imbert told today's post-Cabinet news conference that Dr Rowley will travel home to T&T on Caribbean Airlines via New York.

Imbert said that he was advised that the tests went very well and that the prime minister does not require surgery.

"We are thankful our prayers were answered," Minister Imbert said.

PM leaves for medical check-up in California

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley left for Los Angeles, California this morning where he will undergo a series of medical tests related to a coronary issue. 

A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says that Dr Rowley and his family are grateful for the outpouring of concern and well wishes that have been expressed since the announcement.

The Prime Minister said the positive sentiments have been a source of strength.

Finance Minister, Colm Imbert will act as Prime Minister until Dr Rowley’s return.

PM leaves for Caricom meeting in St Kitts

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley leaves for St Kitts and Nevis today where he will attend a Caricom meeting.

According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, on the agenda are discussions on the Caricom Single Market and Economy which was the focus of a special meeting of heads in this country last December.

Heads of government will also examine recommendations from a special meeting of the Caricom council for trade and economic development on transportation.

Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs, Dennis Moses will accompany Dr Rowley on the trip.

PM: Moonilal's criminal contracts position "laughably hypocritical"

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.

PM: Accused gang bosses can bid for contracts

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley says if he acts un­fair­ly against in­di­vid­u­als who have not been con­vict­ed of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ty he will be in breach of his oath of of­fice.

Speak­ing to re­porters in Moru­ga yes­ter­day, Row­ley said if such per­sons are en­gag­ing in crime the po­lice must take ac­tion.

PM, CARICOM team meet with UN President today

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the CARICOM team in New York are this morning meeting with the President of the United Nations María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.

The Office of the Prime Minister says this is the first of several meetings carded for today.

The meeting follows their talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday when they put forward CARICOM's position on Venezuela.

CARICOM is seeking mediation and has taken a position of non-intervention and non-interference in Venezuela.