Anil Roberts is back in the headlines after being exonerated by the High Court

by | Oct 25, 2016

Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Former Sport Minister, Anil Roberts whose name has been embroiled in much scandal, last night stood on the UNC platform in Diego

Martin where he defended himself and his party’s leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar- this on the heels of being legally exonerated in the Life Sport case.

The HIGH Court on Mon quashed the 2014 audit report into the controversial LifeSport programme- an audit that had led the

People’s Partnership government of the day to terminating the programme. Justice Mira Dean-Armorer, in an oral ruling in the Port-

of-Spain High Court yesterday, ruled that the former Sport Ministry permanent secretary Ashwin Creed and several LifeSport

directors were not given an opportunity to be heard before the final report was completed and made public in Parliament by then

former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

anil-roberts-ashwin-creedIn her ruling, Justice Dean-Armorer did not find favour with the argument that the audit team acted irrationally or in bad faith, ruling

that having examined the evidence, the team approached the probe in a “systematic and professional manner.” She also found no

evidence the team acted with improper motive and did do its duty as mandated in the public’s interest, again finding ‘no trace’ of

improper motive or malice.

Roberts last night said a great Prime Minister had been removed from office, based on lies.

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Former Sport Minister, Anil Roberts

The 54-page report concluded there was poor monitoring and control of the programme by the Sport Ministry, there may have been

breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act – and police information suggested criminal elements may have supervised and coordinated LifeSport.