11th REPUBLICAN PARLIAMENT: 4th SESSION

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1st Session of the 11th Republican Parliament

Loss of confidence in the Attorney General

WHEREAS the Attorney General was aware of the $1.2 billion Claim brought by the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago ('PETROTRIN') in 2013 against Mr. Malcolm Jones for a breach of his fiduciary duty as Executive Chairman in relation to the failed Gas To Liquid project;

AND WHEREAS the Attorney General, gave instructions to Attorneys representing PETROTRIN to file a Notice of Discontinuance, thereby bringing the legal proceedings to an end prior to the commencement of the trial which effectively ended any independent, impartial and judicial attempt to bring accountability and transparency to a matter involving $1.2B of taxpayers? money lost;

AND WHEREAS information in the public domain suggests that there was no thorough assessment of the evidence prior to the decision to discontinue;

AND WHEREAS there has been a lack of due diligence and disclosure by the Attorney General concerning the discontinuance of this matter which has fueled claims of political interference in this matter;

AND WHEREAS the Attorney General has in relation to this matter proffered incomplete and unsound legal advice to the Parliament and the national community;

AND WHEREAS the Attorney General has, as a consequence of the foregoing, conducted himself in a manner to compromise his office:

BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House express its loss of confidence in the Attorney General and call on the Prime Minister to immediately relieve him of the portfolio of Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago.

(By the Member for Oropouche East

First Debated: 24-Jun-2016
Speakers in the:
House of Representatives
24-Jun-2016 House of Representatives Debate Day 1 | Hansard PDF icon (682.2 kb)
Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Opposition Member]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP [Siparia] [Leader of the Opposition]
Hon. Stuart Young, MP [Port-of-Spain North/St. Ann's West] [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
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