Oropuche MP Dr Roodal Moonilal and supporters leave the Returning Officer’s office after filing his nomination papers last Friday.

Renuka Singh

Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal said yesterday he is not going to respond to any “obscure” reports that name no one and say nothing but talk of imminent arrests and search warrants.

Moonilal was referring to a news report which detailed a months-long investigation into fraudulent transactions and a multi-million syphon of cash out of the Estate Management and Business Development Company (EMBD).

Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard has confirmed that he had met with police officers from the Anti Corruption Investigation Bureau (ACIB) last week to discuss the half a billion-dollar corruption case involving the EMBD almost five years ago.

A police probe revealed that a prominent politician “orchestrated a scheme that resulted in significant funds being secured and spent by the EMBD six weeks before the September 2015 general election amounting to a staggering $549 million.

Moonilal said he was not concerned about the details contained in the article, which spoke of the involvement of a then sitting MP.

“Why should I be concerned? The article is obscure and says nothing of substance,” he said.

He said that the Government “planted” a story in the media in the morning so that they could refer to it in the evening and use taxpayers money to renew the contract of some international team brought in by the Government.

“The British team is trying to get a contract renewed by Friday and I am calling on the Government to cease renewal of all contracts that have cost the taxpayers millions of pounds with nothing to show,” he said.

“The most important thing is that millions is being spent on this British team that has nothing to show and they want a renewal of their contract,” he said.

Moonilal said that is why a status report was published.

“But when you read the report and you saw ‘evidence requires development’, in local language that means we don’t have a damned thing,” he said.

When asked if he was contacted by the local police or their international counterparts, Moonilal said that the only people who contacted him on this matter was the media.

He said that the only time the police spoke to him was when he was questioned a few years ago on the A&V Drilling matter and the conduct of a senior Cabinet member.

“But they have not spoke to me about anything else and I am calling on those people who making mischief by raising issues of imminent arrests and search warrants and so on because what this does is it traumatises the local police and causes embarrassment to the police who know nothing about it,” he said.