Apology or suspension?
UNC MP Roodal had a host of consultations going on yesterday on whether he should apologise at today's Parliament sitting and how his constituency might fare if he does not apologise and is suspended from Parliament.
While UNC MP Roodal Moonilal has indicated willingness to apologise for alleged “threatening” words towards PNM MP Fitzgerald Hinds, he says he has to consult his lawyers since he still has a case in court regarding the Parliament’s Privileges Committee handling of the matter.
Moonilal indicated thison Wednesday to Guardian Media after a majority Government vote in Parliament adopted a motion calling on him to apologise to Parliament and Hinds at the next sitting of Parliament.
Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal has been denied an injunction by the High Court to stop today's parliamentary debate on the Privileges Committee report against him.
The ruling clears the way for the committee's report to be debated in Parliament this afternoon.
The ruling also sets a historic legal precedent that sees the court intervening in the work of the Parliament, an interaction which the separation of powers doctrine guards against.
High Court Judge Jacqueline Wilson has reserved her decision on an application filed by Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal's which seeks to block debate on the report of the Privileges Committee against him.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has described as "laughably hypocritical", comments made by Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal on the government awarding contracts to criminals.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Dr Rowley defended claims that government ministers were awarding contracts to criminals.
The following is the prime minister's statement.