CaribWorldNews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thurs. May 28, 2009: The resignation of Trinidad and Tobago`s Attorney General, Bridgid Annisette-George, over a conflict of interest in the investigation into CLICO, has now brought calls for the country`s finance minister to also go.
T and T`s opposition wants Finance Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira to also call it quits, since it has been reported she owned CL Financials assets yet lead the bailout of the company.
Nunez-Tesheira has denied there was a conflict or that she benefited from TTD$11 million dollars of tax payer’s money when she cashed in her CL Financial policies and received a one-million-dollar Leroy Clarke painting from the company, which collapsed in February and had to be bailed out.
The Central Bank has hired forensic investigator Bob Lindquist to review CLICO`s documents.
Meanwhile, Annisette-George, who was appointed Senator and Attorney General on November 8, 2007 and became the third woman to hold this post, will demit office on Friday morning and will be replaced by former Attorney General John Jeremie. Jeremie is currently the High Commissioner to London.
UNC leader Basdeo Panday says appointing Mr. Jeremie is the `tragedy of the century.`