Fitzgerald’s $15M mansion
By SEAN DOUGLAS Thursday, September 26 2013
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ON WARPATH: Attorney General Anand Ramlogan as he lashed Opposition Senator Fitzgerald Hinds during his contribution in the budget debate in the Senat...
ATTORNEY GENERAL Anand Ramlogan called Opposition PNM Senator Fizgerald Hinds a hypocrite for telling Diego Martin schoolchildren not to accept UNC charity, while himself living in a $15 million, four-storey, upscale mansion in Maraval outfitted with a swimming pool.
In his Budget speech yesterday in the Senate, the AG challenged an absent Hinds to say how many poor children from Laventille, which he had formerly represented as MP, had he taken to swim in his pool or eat food from off of his marble dining table. Ramlogan said the house is located at 11 Barry Avenue, Hillsboro, Maraval.
Ramlogan said Hinds’ house is located in an area where the average house-price is $4 million, and had been estimated at $7 million as revealed during a dispute with a neighbour as reported in a news story dated July 15, 2010.
“I’m reliably informed the house is around $15 million,” said Ramlogan. “But I want to ask Senator Hinds, the same children I went to give out schoolbags, hampers and school supplies to, I want to ask him today, how many has he taken from Laventille to his posh four-storey mansion to let them swim in the pool?
“Has any child from Laventille ever been able to dip their toe in that swimming pool? You pretend to care so much. Not because you have Rasta dreadlocks mean you have Rastafarian principles,” Ramlogan slammed.
“I want to ask him, how many from Laventille without schoolbags did he ever take home and give them a meal on his marble table and give them a schoolbag and say, ‘this is for you’?”
Ramlogan said that while Hinds was painting himself as TTs Nelson Mandela he was in fact sowing the seeds of division in society, as he quoted a news report of Hinds having once angrily said he’d like to cut off the dreadlocks of an, “idiot rasta boy”, who had kissed the hand of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Ramlogan said the gifts that Hinds had told people to reject had been raised by the hard work of youngsters doing car-washes, cake-sales and raffles. “The belly-full man is living in a four storey house pretending to care for the poor man,” the AG hit.
Ramlogan criticised as a “total fabrication” a recent media story (not Newsday) that alleged a Government official paid off two mortgages in six months. He scoffed that no corrupt official would be so stupid to pay $42,000 every day on their mortgage and if he/she was so stupid he/she deserves to be fired.
He then said a story alleging $1 billion in contracts to a People’s Partnership financier had quoted supposed forensic accounting expert, Stephon Grey, who was in fact described by the TT Institute of Chartered Accountants as, “an ACCA student who has been suspended effective September 9, 2001 and accordingly is not a member of the Institute.”
Refuting allegations of party financing by the contractor SIS, Ramlogan said that firm had done major works under the former PNM regime including the Eteck Tamana Park. Ramlogan named mega-projects of the former regime where legal action was underway. He said a recent court had ruled that World GTL (WGTL) Limited must pay $14 million legal costs to Petrotrin in which nine million WGTL shares must be given. A London arbitration is awaited also, he said. The Milshirv deal was now under legal proceedings to find out if the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) had exceeded its powers without the nod of the Ministry of Finance.
He said he is seeking an amicable outcome to a $150 million case of arbitration of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The case against the former principals of Udecott (under former head Calder Hart) has passed the pleadings and discovery stage and is now set to go to trial phrase including the taking of witness statements and the setting of a trial date, he said.