Avory Sinanan

ONCE public funds are being used, except in instances of national security, citizens are entitled to know for exactly what purpose the funds were put towards, says Senior Counsel Avory Sinanan.

That is why the attorney said he is of the view that a non-disclosure agreement should not have been utilised to prevent the population from knowing the contents of the $150,000 payout to former Ministry of Sport employee, Carrie-Ann Moreau, by the Ministry of Sport.

“In an instance where public funds are used, a non-disclosure agreement is inappropriate. It’s not to say like it is a matter of national security, so the public has a right to know for what purpose the funds were used,” he said.

But what exactly is a non-disclosure agreement?

Sinanan explained that it is exactly what the name suggests. It is an arrangement between two or more people where the parties come to a decision to not reveal information regarding whatever agreement they had arrived.

In essence, it is a contract between the parties and is recognised by the courts as legally binding.

Should any of the parties involved breach the agreement, they like in any other instances where contracts are involved, open up themselves to facing legal action for compensation by the other parties.

Senior Counsel Israel Khan had a similar view to Sinanan when it came to public funds being used.

“This is the first time that such a thing happened in this country. Why is he (Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley) protecting him (Smith) so? What is there to hide?” asked Khan.

He stated that based on the arrangements made, one could in fact find themselves before the court for breach of contract.

But in spite of this, Khan said he is of the view that Moreau should speak out.

“The girl should talk. She should speak out,” he stated.

He added that, like Sinanan, public funds were used to settle an agreement, and therefore, the population needed to know for exactly what those funds were used.


Having lost his eight-year-old sister Mukeisha, ten-year-old Makessi suffered more grief yesterday when a tug of war erupted at Mukeisha’s funeral service over his custody.

Machel Montano kissed his bride Renee Butcher in front of thousands of screaming fans after the two had a second wedding ceremony at his Machel Monday concert at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.

The couple, who officially married on Valentine’s Day last Friday at the newly refurbished Red House in Port of Spain, staged an artistic re-reading of vows at the final and tenth edition of the famous concert series, aptly entitled “The Wedding”.

Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Clive Dottin was the officiant at the elaborate all-white ceremony designed by legendary masman Peter Minshall.

Supernovas will be the first band performing at Saturday’s Large Bands final of the National Panorama Championships at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

The band is playing an Amrit Samaroo arrangement of “Dear Promoter” recorded by Kees Dieffenthaller and Voice (Aaron St Louis).

The controversial “sea stage” that was being constructed at Maracas Beach has been removed.

The Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) confirmed that the structure had been taken down yesterday morning by the promoters of the Karukera One Love Beach Festival.

LIFT visa requirements for Trinidad and Tobago citizens who want to travel to Canada.

This was the request made by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley when he joined regional leaders in Barbados yesterday for the 31st Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom).