OROPOUCHE East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal said yesterday he had no comment to make on denials to his allegations concerning the sale of the former Petrotrin refinery.
Denials have come from the prime minister, the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union, Movement for Social Justice leader David Abdulah and chief executive of Sunstone Equity John Van Dyke.
Asked what he had to say, in the face of the denials, Moonilal said: “I don’t have any comment. I have said enough on the (parliamentary) record. I would have hoped the issues would have received a proper, independent and impartial investigation.
“There is no comment on the issues, but I hope it could be the subject of some type of investigation, due diligence. That is all I have to say.”
Speaking during the budget debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Moonilal alleged the Sunstone Equity CEO, a “regular visitor” of A&V Oil, was brought to Trinidad by Vidya Deokiesingh to hold meetings with the contractor. He said A&V was seeking to own Petrotrin through “back-door deals”.
Moonilal pointed to a photograph in which Van Dyke, Abdulah and OWTU president-general Ancel Roget were seen at a meeting, alleging it was at A&V’s premises. He called on the players to indicate when the meeting took place, where, why, and what was the document being signed.
Abdulah confirmed yesterday the meeting took place at the OWTU in San Fernando, not at A&V Oil.
Moonilal repeated his claims that he had e-mails showing the Prime Minister received funds from A&V Drilling. The PM categorically denied the allegation when it was first made, and sued Moonilal.
The PM reiterated on Tuesday Moonilal’s claim was false.