Kamla: Privy Council ruling reflects on withdrawal of Malcolm Jones lawsuit

The Privy Council’s ruling yesterday has led the Opposition Leader to again question the decision to have the multi-million-dollar lawsuit against former Petrotrin chairman, Malcolm Jones, withdrawn.

Addressing UNC supporters in Sangre Grande last night, Persad-Bissessar said the pieces of the Malcolm Jones saga were coming together.

Jones was taken to court by now-defunct Petrotrin after a billion-dollar gas-to-liquids venture failed. 

However, the matter was dismissed following advice by Queens Counsel Vincent Nelson.

On Monday, the Privy Council ruled in favour of activist Ravi Maharaj, ordering the release of documents related to the project’s failure.

According to Persad-Bissessar, Jones’ lawyer was Government Minister Stuart Young. 

In addition, she noted the advice to drop Jones’ case came from Vincent Nelson, QC, the state’s main witness in the case against former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and former UNC senator Gerald Ramdeen.

She questioned whether the case’s dismissal was just a case of ‘friend’.

We'll have a more detail report in Wednesday's Trinidad Guardian.

- by Bavita Gopaulchan