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Persad-Bissessar: Al-Rawi should try ‘mandatory truth-telling’ over Boxing Day boat party

“[…] Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi allegedly advised the son of Minister Paula Gopee Scoon, Adrian Scoon, on a way to bypass  Covid-19 regulations so as to throw a fete on a boat by declaring it to be a ‘floating restaurant’.

“[…] The fact that our Covid-19 infection and death rates continue to skyrocket unchecked makes this latest act by Al-Rawi a sickening betrayal of the public which elected him to act in their best interests…”

The following response to a controversial Boxing Day boat party involving Adrian Scoon, son of Minister of Trade and Industry, was issued by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar:

Photo: Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.

During the past six years, there has been no shortage of ways in which Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has debased himself and the once-respected office he holds. However, Al-Rawi’s latest debacle surely seals his fate as the most unethical attorney general in our nation’s history.

It is simply appalling that while Keith Rowley has now resorted to threatening public servants to either accept mandatory vaccination or unemployment, his Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is simultaneously allgedly providing personal advice to well-connected PNM individuals on how to circumvent the Government’s own Covid-19 protocols.

In this instance, Al-Rawi allegedly advised the son of Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon, Adrian Scoon, on a way to bypass  Covid-19 regulations so as to throw a fete on a boat by declaring it to be a ‘floating restaurant’.

This Government continues to lie and spin their way through this pandemic while placing the lives and livelihoods of our citizens in increasing jeopardy

What is truly pitiful is that the Attorney General is steadfastly denying this took place even though there is documentary proof of Adrian Scoon writing to Terrance Deyalsingh saying he has converted his boat (Ocean Pelican) to a restaurant and is acting on advice from the Attorney General.

Photo: Businessman and party promoter Adrian Scoon, son of Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon.

The fact that our Covid-19 infection and death rates continue to skyrocket unchecked makes this latest act by Al-Rawi a sickening betrayal of the public which elected him to act in their best interests.

Unlike hundreds of thousands of public servants and the hundreds of thousands who have suffered during the economic lockdowns, Faris Al-Rawi won’t be worrying over his job after his outrageous behaviour. Keith Rowley will continue to turn a blind eye to all acts of lies, misbehaviour, corruption, and malfeasance within his cabinet.

Our nation is facing a crisis that is being made worse by a Rowley government which has no fear in telling bold-faced lies to the public to cover their tracks.

I advise Keith Rowley before he threatens and berates any more workers for failing to support mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, he and his Ministers should subscribe to the idea of ‘mandatory truth-telling’ for themselves. 

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  1. T&T politicians (including you) need to try some truth telling. While all this haggling taking place, the indiscipline and careless behaviour continues.