Speaker rules breach of privilege case made against Moonilal

Oropouche East Member of Parliament, Dr Roodal Moonilal will face Parliament's Committee of Privileges on allegations he made regarding Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley surrounding A&V Oil and Gas Limited.

House Speaker, Bridgid Annisette-George ruled today that a prima facie case had been made.

Arouca Maloney MP, Camille Robinson-Regis had raised the matter last week Wednesday and the Speaker gave her ruling today.

The following is the Speaker's ruling.

Hinds acts as Attorney General

The Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs says that Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Fitzgerald Hinds will act as the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, in addition to the discharge of his normal duties, from October 14, 2018 and continuing during the absence from Trinidad and Tobago of Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.

New US Ambassador arrives

United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Mondello and his family arrived in Port of Spain last evening, a statement by the US Embassy said.

Ambassador Mondello officially assumes duties after the presentation of his Letters of Credence to President Paula Mae Weekes.

On his arrival Ambassador Mondello said, “My wife and I are honored to be here in beautiful Trinidad and Tobago. I look forward to presenting my credentials to the President and meeting and working with the wonderful people of this country.”

Moonilal starts fund to pay defence lawyers

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Mooni­lal in­tends to launch a “de­fence in democ­ra­cy fund” in his con­stituen­cy in or­der to raise mon­ey to pay le­gal fees in his court bat­tle with Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley.

In the com­ing days, Mooni­lal said QC Richard Clay­ton, who he has re­tained from the Unit­ed King­dom, will ar­rive here to be­gin prepar­ing his case. Clay­ton han­dles hu­man rights and con­sti­tu­tion­al court mat­ters.

Moonilal hires Queen's Counsel for Rowley lawsuit

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal has confirmed that he has hired Queen's Counsel Richard Clayton to head the defence team in a libel lawsuit filed against him by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley over allegations he made in Parliament connecting Dr Rowley to the A&V fake oil scandal.