Saturday, March 17, 2018


Rowley's back; blasts Kamla's desperate search for friends with Petrotrin 'fake oil' bombshell...

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley

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PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday said he was not even a member of Cabinet when A&V Oil and Gas Ltd got its lease operator’s licence in 2009. 
In an exchange of WhatsApp messages with the Express yesterday, Rowley said he “wasn’t even a member of the Cabinet then!”
“I was fired by (then-prime minister Patrick) Manning in April 2008,” Rowley said.
He also criticised Opposi­tion Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar as being desperate to find other slanders against him.
On Sunday, Persad-Bisses­sar read information from an internal audit report from State-owned Petrotrin at the United National Congress (UNC) party’s national congress in Couva.
That August 17 audit report alleged A&V Oil and Gas had inflated its oil production figures and defrauded Petrotrin of almost $100 million.
Persad-Bissessar also alleged the lease operator was a People’s National Movement (PNM) financier and had close ties with senior Cabinet officials.
Energy Minister Franklin Khan on Monday confirmed a probe is being conducted into the “fake oil” issue at Petrotrin.

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