UNC MP Roodal Moonilal has reported to police allegations which have resurfaced about his “wealth” which he says he’s ready to go to court on – especially since he says the allegations can cause him and his family to become kidnapping targets.
Moonilal alleged PNM agents were “behind” the false claims. Moonilal said he reported to police that his political opponents are circulating “defamatory, blatantly fake information against him in order to prepare their false claims against him in court,” later on.
He said, “I’ve asked police to investigate these acts of wrongdoing which are tantamount to criminal libel and to bring those responsible to justice. Bogus, derogatory allegations emerge each time I expose the widespread corruption, nepotism and mal-governance of the incompetent PNM regime. “
He explained: “Over five years ago a highly defamatory Facebook publication maliciously identified me as ‘one of the richest men’ in Trinidad. I denied this in court and again deny this vehemently. All my financial business is known to the Integrity Commission, which has regularly issued Certificates of Compliance to myself over the past 20 years. “
But he said a repeat of the post appeared earlier this week from an unknown, invisible Facebook site which promotes fake news. “ I communicated with the police on this,” he said.
Moonilal said in recent times he has revealed “bobol” regarding a $100 million upgrade of a CCTV camera system and on a “hidden, rotting” taxpayer-funded helicopter.
He said Government offered no credible responses to these and other shocking disclosures. “ Instead, agents of PNM resumed their baseless, libelous claims against my character,” he alleged.
He said the situation was character assassination meant to distract from Government’s incompetence.
“More dastardly, this exposes my family and myself to criminal elements of the worst kind. In the context of the high profile recent kidnapping, I find this level of cowardly malice – evil and unconscionable,” he said.
Moonilal said a year ago a High Court judge ruled in his favour after similar accusations were made in a newspaper. That was against TNT Mirror and activist Juliet Davy for articles referring to Moonilal as being among the 25 richest people in T&T .The judge ruled the allegations were defamatory. Moonilal said he has discussed the repeat of the allegations with his attorney. He said he’s set aside his”court clothes” to once more seek justice against “mischievous PNM provocateurs “ and is prepared to return to court.
PNM public relations officer Laurel Lezama- Lee Sing, distancing PNM from his claims, added: “The PNM doesn’t have time for Mr Moonilal, it’s running a country. So he shouldn’t harbour delusions of grandeur. What the Opposition should be doing is supporting legislation to assist the police in fighting crime.”