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Trinidad: Kamla-PM can’t intimidate me over Smith

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar hit the Prime Minister for failing to release the Daryl Smith report and for allegedly making personal attacks on her, in a statement on Monday. She urged Dr Rowley to follow her lead in handling Cabinet Ministers rather than hoping problems would go away.

Rowley had said independent legal advice had cautioned him not to release the report, on a legal settlement of the firing of Smith’s aide amid sexual harassment complaints. Saying Persad-Bissessar was “hypocritical and self-serving,” he said she had released the Life Sport report which had derailed an investigation at a huge cost to the taxpayer.

Persad-Bissessar said Rowley was trying to justify his Government’s alleged culture of silence, seen in its attempts to weaken the Freedom of Information Act and its dragging of feet to enact procurement reform.

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