Minister of National Security Stuart Young has avoided being sent to the Privileges Committee of Parliament. A request was made by the Opposition, however it was rejected by Senate President Christine Kangaloo.

On Wednesday, Opposition Senator, Wade Mark suggested that Minister Young had breached the standing orders and deliberately misled the House last Wednesday, when he spoke about a May 6th conversation with United States Ambassador Joseph Mondello, regarding a visit to T&T by Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez, which constituted a breach of the Rio Treaty.

In giving her decision yesterday, Kangaloo said  she carefully reviewed the matter and the chronology of events that led to Mark’s motion. She said the Minister, having been provided the opportunity by Senator Mark to elucidate on his previous statements made on May 13th, demonstrated via his response on May 19th, 2020, that there was no intention to mislead or deceive the house. 

She maintained there was also no tangible, independently proven confirmation that it was the Minister’s intention to deliberately mislead the house. As a result, she said there was no prima facie basis to support a question of privilege.