Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar seem to be heading to the courts.


There is word that Mrs. Persad-Bissessar has given instruction to her lawyers to initiate legal action against the Prime Minister for statements he made about her during a news conference on Friday.
Dr. Rowley hosted a news conference in a room at the Parliament building on Friday, to respond to comments the Opposition Leader had made at a news conference earlier in the day.


Both politicians were addressing the visit of Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez to T&T last month, which came shortly before a shipment of fuel from this country to Aruba, was further sent to Venezuela.


After Persad-Bisessar disclosed documents showing that senior executives of the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA, were also on the aircraft that brought the Venezuelan Vice-President to T&T, Dr. Rowley criticised her actions as unpatriotic and closed the news conference with the words, “You are a traitor lady.”


Persad-Bissessar, in response, referred to the Prime Minister as a “shameless Judas”.


Speaking with the media yesterday during a hamper-distribution drive at the UNC’s San Fernando Regional Office on Lazzari Street, San Fernando, Persad-Bissessar informed the media of her intention to take legal action.


When she spoke at the news conference, Persad-Bissessar produced a manifest from the March 27th flight that brought Venezuela’s Rodriguez to the country for a brief meeting. She also queried whether the T&T Government had talks on the Paria Fuel Company fuel deal during that meeting although it was announced that Rodriguez had come to discuss COVID-19-related matters.


In a media statement on the Office of the Prime Minister Facebook page yesterday, Dr Rowley sought to once again clear the air. He said : “In a shameful attempt to encourage the American Government to apply damaging sanctions against the people of Trinidad and Tobago, the Opposition Leader is engaged in publishing and spreading a series of falsehoods and conspiracy theories in furtherance of her selfish political objectives”