PM Persad-Bissessar Stands by Embattled Minister


She expressed however, that the allegations would be of great concern to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

Warner, a vice president of FIFA, football’s international governing body, who has had allegations of bribery made against him by executive member Chuck Blazer, was provisionally suspended from all FIFA-related activity on Sunday, 29th May, 2011, by the association’s ethics committee.

The decision by FIFA to initiate a provisional suspension of Warner, pending investigation, “is not a determination of guilt but part of a process that we trust will be fair and unprejudiced,” Persad-Bissessar said.

“FIFA is an international sport body that is not part of the government of Trinidad and Tobago; we therefore have no knowledge about its procedures and the dynamics of its unique internal politics. It would be unfortunate if we made premature adverse judgement and pronouncement on a matter that is under investigation. This would be contrary to the spirit and letter of the laws of our land,” she said.

Nevertheless, Persad-Bissessar said she is concerned by the allegations made and expects an update from Warner upon his return.

“A ‘son of our soil’ who served this nation faithfully at that very football organisation and who was instrumental in leading Trinidad and Tobago to its very first World Cup qualification just a few years ago must be allowed every opportunity to present his case against the allegations made about him,” she added.

(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a Caribbeannewsnow release)


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