Emir Crowne

ASKED FOR DOCUMENTS: Dr Emir Crowne

THERE are billion-dollar questions surrounding the sale by the Government to the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) of the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery. The announcement on Friday that the OWTU submitted the winning bid for the former Petrotrin refinery has led to a request for details on the US$700 million (TT$4.76 billion) sale to be shared with the public.

Two attorneys — Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle — acting on behalf of their client, Suzette Louwe, sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated yesterday (September 21) to the Cabinet asking for documents related to the process be released. They noted that Cabinet documents are exempt under the Act but are arguing that the documents must be released to ensure the Government did not abuse its authority.

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