Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s cousin, Junior Rawlinson Rowley, says the email allegedly sent by an A&V Drilling official to his account address was sent to him “by accident”.
He made the comment on Wednesday as he responded to one of the addresses which Oropouche East MP Roodal Moonilal revealed during his Budget contribution on Tuesday was his. In giving details of what he alleged was PM Rowley and former Petrotrin employee Vidya Deokiesingh’s possible link to a questionable financial transaction at a Miami bank, Moonilal gave the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
In that email, the sender, Vivian Baksh of A&V Drilling, opened with the greeting “Good morning honourable Prime Minister”.
PM Rowley has since vehemently denied he has any account at any financial institution in Miami or any links to the email and indicated has his intention to take legal action against Moonilal for defamation.
Junior Rawlinson Rowley, upon being informed that his photograph was being circulated on social media as the man behind the email address, responded by saying, “I am aware of the post on social media, I suggest that you contact the sender of the email and inquire of him what personal encounter or business transaction credits him with knowing me and while you are at it kindly ask Dr Moonilal to refrain from using me as a part of his smear campaign against his political friend the PM, because I live a humble and simple life and have no desire to hog the limelight as he may derive an orgasm from.”
“I want to make it clear though that I have no business dealings with the company,” he said, referring to A&V drilling and making it clear he was not linked in any way to any financial transactions with the company.
Managing director of C&C International Charlie Diaz, who was also named during Moonilal’s contribution, has confirmed that he has business dealings with A&V Drilling and has a bank account at the Miami institution named by the Oropouche MP. However, Diaz has denied he did any business with a company called Formula I Trading, which was also named during the debate.
PM Rowley’s attorney, Michael Quamina, also read out the email address during a press conference on Wednesday in which the PM defended himself against what he called monstrous lies.
Quamina said everything Moonilal presented in Parliament was false. Quamina’s exact words then were “everything that was presented yesterday (Tuesday) was quite false.”
“No one contested whether it (the email address) existed or not, simply that it does not belong to the PM,” Quamina said.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that having been advised that he has legal recourse, he instructed his attorney to file a suit for libel against Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr Roodal Moonilal and United National Congress, Chaguanas Alderman and public relations officer of the UNC National Women’s Arm, Marisa Ramlogan, in connection with allegations initially made in Parliament by Moonilal on Tuesday.