‘I CALLED AG’ | Local news
Businessman Adrian Scoon admitted to calling Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi when he was questioned by police.
Scoon, the son of Commerce Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon, further admitted his call for the GA focused on the police who shut down his party aboard the MV Ocean Pelican on Boxing Day.
In a statement released yesterday, Scoon said the call took place at the event on the boat and not at the Carenage police station.
Referring to yesterday’s publication of a Sunday Express article titled “AG Online”, Scoon said “in relation to the allegation that I called the Attorney General while in detention at Carenage station, I wish categorically deny such an allegation and declare that it is simply false. I called the GA when the police first arrived on the ship; I was not in police custody at the time -the.
“The GA did not answer his phone at first. He then called back and when I explained to him what was going on, he told me in summary that this was a police matter and let the police do their job.
On December 27, the Express sent three questions to Al-Rawi via WhatsApp, one of which was: “Did you communicate with a certain Mr. Adrian Scoon yesterday (December 26) regarding an event aboard the MV Ocean Pelican? If so, what was the nature of such a discussion? “
At the time, the GA gave a general response: “Thank you for your questions which, according to media reports, are the subject of an ongoing police investigation which is entirely outside my remit. as AG. Under all circumstances, I am not in a position to help you in any way ”.
On January 1, the Express again requested a definitive response from the GA: “Were you contacted by Mr. Scoon on December 26 while he was in custody?
Al-Rawi said: “I was not contacted by Mr. Scoon while he was in custody.”
The station newspaper
Excerpts from the diary reveal that on December 26, 2021, Scoon “made a phone call to his phone and invited Sergeant 14596 Adams to speak on the phone.”
After a short conversation, Scoon handed the phone to Sgt Adams, indicating that someone wanted to speak to him.
In the presence of Scoon and others, Sgt Adams “activated the speakerphone function on the aircraft”.
According to the newspaper, the male voice on the other end identified as “Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi … was he of the opinion that no offense had been committed”.
However, “No. 14596 Sgt Adams informed said person on the other line that according to Covid-19 regulations, the Ocean Pelican is considered a party boat and should be granted an exemption from the Minister of Health. The conversation has ended, ”the newspaper said.
When police asked Scoon to produce his Department of Health exemption allowing him to throw a party aboard the MV Ocean Pelican, he allegedly told officers: to the newspaper.
The Express confirmed with sources that Al-Rawi called and spoke with Agricultural Police Commissioner McDonald Jacob and Deputy Police Commissioner Erla Christopher on December 26, while officers from the West ended the party and imprisoned the customers.
Safety zone signs
In his statement, Scoon also denied the entries in the Carenage Police Station diary, “about a conversation that allegedly took place on my phone, in my alleged presence, in relation to my alleged actions … “
He complained that if the Sunday Express had contacted him he would have denied that such a conversation ever took place.
The Sunday Express made a call to his phone on Saturday but there was no response.
Scoon said he never signed a statement in the station newspaper and, “at all times while in detention I was with my lawyer and did not need any advice. or advice from a third party “. He said he was informed by his lawyer “that when a police officer records the statements of a detainee or suspect in a station newspaper, he is required to ask the inmate to countersign the station newspaper. in order to verify the veracity of the declaration ”. .
He added: “To date, I have not been shown any station logs, and I have not put my signature on any alleged statements on my part.”
Scoon also stated, contrary to what has been reported about the lack of safe zone signs on board his ship, “even the blind could have seen these safe zone signs and I have evidence in my possession. video of these signs affixed in conspicuous places in my possession All security zone protocols were followed.
In his statement, Scoon did not address the content of the email he sent to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh published by the Express on December 28.
On the morning of December 27, a day after his party was shut down and the 100 clients were treated and released pending investigation, Scoon emailed a letter dated December 26, 2021 to the Minister of Health Terrance Deyalsingh, revealing that he (Scoon) “wishes to convert our ship into a floating restaurant and, more importantly, a safe area.”
The letter was sent to Deyalsingh’s personal email address only.
The correspondence with Deyalsingh reads: “Dear Minister Deyalsingh, we at the Ocean Pelican are writing to inform you that we have obtained our restaurant and bar license and wish to convert our ship into a floating restaurant and , more importantly, in a safe area.
“On the advice of the Honorable AG Faris Al-Rawi, we assure you that our ship will remain docked and not sail in order to comply with the regulations of the Public Health Ordinance. We stress that we plan to observe all protocols that constitute a safe zone during this time.
If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned via (cell phone number omitted by the Express) Sincerely, Adrian Scoon – Managing Director ”.
Last week, when asked to comment, Deyalsingh directed all questions to the T&T Police Department and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for interpretation.
On December 28, two days after the event, the Minister of Health responded to Scoon by outlining the requirements for a safe zone, which included signage to this effect.
The attorney general’s office, however, commented via a press release: “Mr Scoon apologized to the GA, specifically acknowledged that no legal advice was given by the GA and said that ‘he regretted the inconvenience caused. “