Young- AG seeking legal advice on compilation of Smith report

The Ministry of Sports’ re­port on the $150,000 set­tle­ment to a for­mer em­ploy­ee is un­der le­gal ad­vice and can­not be pub­lished yet.

But the Chris­t­ian Mout­tet fer­ry re­port and the Christo­pher Thomas re­port on the T&T/Do­mini­ca vote is­sue have both been made pub­lic.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Min­is­ter Stu­art Young con­firmed this at yes­ter­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing, re­ject­ing UNC ac­tivist De­vant Ma­haraj’s ac­cu­sa­tion that Gov­ern­ment has not re­vealed the re­ports and was “hid­ing” re­ports.

Young point­ed out that the Mout­tet re­port was sent by the Prime Min­is­ter to a Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee of Par­lia­ment on Sep­tem­ber 19, 2017. It was al­so laid in the Low­er and Up­per Hous­es of Par­lia­ment on Sep­tem­ber 26 and 28 Sep­tem­ber 2018 and was post­ed on Par­lia­ment’s web­site.

Young said the Thomas re­port – on T&T’s vote against Do­mini­ca’s OAS fee waiv­er bid last year – was sent to Par­lia­ment in No­vem­ber 2018 and it was then sent to Par­lia­ment’s For­eign Af­fairs team which did an in­quiry.

The team de­liv­ered a re­port which is pub­lic on the Par­lia­ment’s web­site and the Thomas re­port was ap­pend­ed to the team’s re­port.

“So Ma­haraj’s claims are false and are part of the Op­po­si­tion’s nar­ra­tive and lie to mis­lead the pub­lic,” Young de­clared.

He said there was a draft of the Sports Min­istry/Dar­ryl Smith re­port. But Young said the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al sought le­gal ad­vice on how it was com­piled since there were some pro­ce­dur­al is­sues in the com­pi­la­tion.

He said the AG sought the ad­vice of ex­ter­nal coun­sel.

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