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Ghany: Cloud over Jack’s head

Published: 
Thursday, June 23, 2011
DR HAMID GHANY

Political analyst Dr Hamid Ghany says Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner’s shock resignation from FIFA leaves a cloud over his head. Ghany said that in an interview with CNC-3 this week. Warner resigned weeks after he was suspended from the world football governing body pending an investigation into allegations of bribery. The matter has now been closed and Warner’s innocence is maintained, according to FIFA. Ghany said because the matter was considered closed by FIFA it was unlikely the T&T Police would get any assistance as was requested to determine if any laws of the land was broken during the alleged incident. 

The bribery was alleged to have been made in T&T. “Did Mr Warner surrender? That is a question that people are going to ask. It is a very awkward set of circumstances and I guess the only thing that is going to help Mr Warner is time,” Ghany said. He said Warner remained “a very hard worker” and his constituency would benefit from his decision to resign from FIFA. Ghany said had Warner remained in FIFA and the allegations had been proven it would have affected his dual role as a FIFA executive and a Government Minister in T&T.

He said the People’s Partnership Government would have to formulate a strategy on how it would deal with Warner’s situation. “But the reality is that there is a question mark (over Warner) because it was an allegation that will never be proven. So we don’t know if it was true or if it wasn’t true,” Ghany added. He said Warner would have to handle the political fallout from the development. He said the Opposition, which had called for a police investigation into the alleged bribery allegation, could now call for a probe to determine if the Customs and Excise laws were breached during the alleged incident.

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