COP calls special meeting on ‘ganja’ video
Saturday, May 31 2014
MINISTER of Sport and COP MP Anil Roberts is not off the hook just yet within his party on questions surrounding purported video footage which emerged this month as COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan yesterday indicated there are plans to call a special meeting of the party’s executive on the issue.
In a brief interview with Newsday, Seepersad-Bachan confirmed the normal monthly executive meeting would be pulled forward for a special session.
“We will call a meeting of the national executive for Monday night if this is possible,” she said. The meeting is likely to take place at the COP’s Operations’ Centre at Charlieville, but final details have not been confirmed. Roberts, she said, would not be required to attend.
The video allegedly shows a man resembling a minister in a hotel room who appeared to be rolling a marijuana joint.
On Thursday, Roberts met with Seepersad-Bachan, deputy political leader Dr Ariudh Mahabir, general secretary Clyde Weatherhead and senior member of the COP Ann Phillip at the COP’s Flagship House, Broome Street, St James.
It is understood party members sought to get Roberts to put an end to speculation on the matter either way, but Roberts indicated to the panel that the matter was now in the hands of his attorneys.
“We have taken note that he is not commenting,” said Mahabir. “(Apart from witnesses) he is the only person who can say he was there or not there.”
Seepersad-Bachan said Roberts, “indicated he has not been involved in any way in any kind of illegal activity or the use of any illegal substances. We have not been able to resolve this matter.”
A wide range of action could be taken at the executive level, including the triggering of party processes to probe or discipline members.
The move to call a special meeting of the party’s executive comes on the eve of nomination day for its internal polls
COP political leader Prakash Ramadhar, who did not attend Thursday’s meeting with Roberts, is due to today hold a press conference at 10 am at Flagship House.
“The political leader will be making a statement on the upcoming political leader elections,” the party said in a press release. Efforts to contact Ramadhar were unsuccessful.