The testimony of Mr Chuck Blazer that he and other FIFA executives conspired to and received bribes for several years to ‘fix’ aspects of world football, along with revelations of cheques paid to Ross Advertising by Mr Jack Warner in the run up to the elections of 2010 dictates that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service immediately launch investigations to determine whether any Money Laundering Laws have been breached and by whom.
This situation demands an urgent probe into the source of funding for among other things:
The political campaign of the Peoples’ Partnership in the run up to the 2010 general elections;
The campaign of the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led slate in the run up to the UNC’s internal elections of 2010;
The PP’s campaign in the run up to the Tobago House of Assembly elections in 2013;
The Independent Liberal Party’s (ILP) campaign in the run up to the Chaguanas West bi-election of 2013;
The ILP’s campaign in the run up to the Local Government elections of 2013;
Monies, if any, paid to Ross Advertising during and in respect to the aforementioned campaigns;
If it is found after a thorough and transparent investigation that FIFA funds were used in any of the above, the repercussions for this country may not merely be restricted to reputational damage. But can, in all probability, result in criminal proceedings against persons who now hold or once held high political office.