Roodal Moonilal

Roodal Moonilal

Former Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal says the allegations brought against him involving the Estate Management and Business Development Company Ltd (EMBD) were baseless and political.

Moonilal has since requested a copy of the judgement made by High Court Judge James Aboud on Thursday.

In a media release on Thursday night, Moonilal said, he was not a party to the matter on the applications in four matters involving contractors.

He stated, “My legal team has requested a copy of the judgment and the transcript of the Judge’s oral delivery of his judgment. I have received preliminary advice and intend to forward same to my lawyers in London to determine whether I will join in any appeal which may include the issue of bias. I look forward to having my say and day in court.”

Moonilal said the judgement would be reviewed by his legal team.

“These applications were brought by aggrieved contractors who were advised and represented by British Queens Counsel and will no doubt determine whether they wish to appeal the decision dismissing their applications. I am yet to file my defence in this matter because the court had itself ordered that I was not to do so until it had heard and determined these very applications,” he said.

Moonilal said he had nothing to fear and he was confident that “these spurious and baseless political allegations will not prevail and that I will be vindicated”. “Indeed, Minister Stuart Young has confessed recently, in relation to his record 57 cabinet recusals, that he is personally involved in these political civil initiatives,” he said.

He said the malicious comments by “certain PNM social media trolls” to the effect that he will face criminal charges and prosecution were simply demonstrated their misunderstanding of the legal system.

“In their rush to score cheap political points, they may also find themselves in court over the defamatory remarks and character assassination,” he said.


Some of the applications rejected by the Ministry of Social Development for support were “blatant attempts to mislead and defraud” the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

As beaches reopened yesterday, epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds has cautioned that even in an open space like a beach there is still a high risk of Covid-19 transmission, especially among large groups.