|Calls for Tribunal to probe Jack |
By ANDRE BAGOO Friday, January 24 2014
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THE INTEGRITY Commission yesterday revealed it has invoked provisions of the Integrity in Public Life Act asking President Anthony Carmona to appoint a tribunal to probe Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner’s declarations of assets and income, in light of findings of a Concacaf report last year.
In a statement issued to the media, the Commission said, “In pursuance thereof the Commission has written to the President of the Republic, His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, SC, ORTT, in accordance with Section 15 of the Act requesting the appointment of a Tribunal to enquire further into Declarations submitted by Mr Warner.”
Section 15 of the IPLA states: “Where upon the examination referred to in section 13, the Commission is of the opinion that it should enquire further into any declaration so as to ascertain whether there has been a full disclosure, it may advise the President to appoint a Tribunal of two or more of its members to conduct an enquiry to verify the contents of the declaration or the statement filed with the Commission.”
Some lawyers said the phrasing of the section suggests the tribunal will be an internal one, comprising members of the Commission itself. The Commission said it, “took note in April 2013 of a report from the Integrity Committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) alleging that Mr Jack Warner, a former Government Minister, committed fraud against Concacaf and FIFA in connection with the Centre of Excellence and in respect of financial statements of Concacaf.”
The Commission said it decided to place Warner under greater scrutiny under its powers to initiate its own probe.
“In the interest of the public the Commission decided to enquire further into these allegations of fraud,” it said. It cited Section 33 (a) of the Integrity in Public Life Act which states that the Commission: (a) “May on its own initiative….. consider and enquire into any alleged breaches of the Act or any allegations of corrupt or dishonest conduct.” Warner did not respond to calls yesterday.