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Warner: Marchan files for police

Monday, June 30 2014

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Ruth Marchan...
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FORMER National Security Minister, Independent Liberal Party chairman and Chaguanas West Member of Parliament Jack Warner reports that he has been in contact with National Security Minister Gary Griffith on his providing of a “safe house” for Deputy Director of Physical Education and Sport Ruth Marchan.

“I have liaised with the Minister of National Security and I am liaising with him,” he told Newsday yesterday.

In a Sunday Guardian article it was reported that Marchan, who has reported receiving threats on her life due to her work on the Life Sport programme sought assistance from Warner and was provided with a safe house at an undisclosed location. Her bodyguard, Curtis “Tall Man” Gibson, was shot and killed on Thursday while in bed at his Malabar home. The article also stated that Marchan provided Warner with her laptop computer with all the details of the murder plot against her. Warner told Newsday that the information from the laptop will “eventually” be passed on to the security forces.

Questioned how long he will provide a safe house for Marchan, Warner responded “as long as necessary”. “I prefer not to say much about this for the time being,” he added. When contacted yesterday on the safe house issue both Griffith and Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams declined to comment. There have been allegations of financial misappropriation and criminal elements linked to the programme. Last Friday, Opposition MP Colm Imbert reported he was threatened by “hooligans” shouting pro-Life Sport statements in a music truck as he drove into Parliament to present a motion calling for Sport Minister Anil Roberts to face censure for facilitating criminal enterprise in the Life Sport programme.

Later at that sitting Roberts defended the programme noting that it had changed the lives of many black men and youths, including those who had turned from a life of crime. He also said that he welcomed an audit on the programme, which was ongoing by the Finance Ministry.

Following the allegations the programme was moved from the Sport Ministry to the National Security Ministry and Griffith is reported to take over the programme today and engage in a massive restructuring. One of the main changes will be the inclusion of members of the Defence Force.

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