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Integrity Commission to probe corruption allegations against a government minister…

Integrity Commission logoThe Integrity Commission says it has taken a decision to investigate corruption allegations made against a Government Minister, by interim leader of the Independent Liberal Party, Jack Warner.

In a media release issued on Wednesday, the Integrity Commission stated that it was acting in accordance with “Section 33 (a) of the Integrity in Public Life Act”, under which the Integrity Commission may, on its own initiative, consider and enquire into any alleged breaches of the Act or any allegations of corrupt or dishonest conduct by Persons in Public Life.

Mr. Warner, at a political campaign meeting on July 23, 2013, for the Chaguanas West Constituency, made statements alleging that a Government Minister had, “since becoming a Minister acquired six houses, one of which was received from a contractor in exchange for that contractor receiving a $ 36 million contract.”

It was also alleged that “a Minister of Government allegedly received a house from a businessman in exchange for the businessman having some of his properties rented by the Minister’s Ministry.”

The Commission has decided to pursue this matter.

The Commission added it intends to inform the public from time to time, when it has decided to carry out investigations on its own initiative.