Rawlinson Rowley- “I have no business dealings with A&V Drilling”

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 jrow­ley.rawl­in­son@gmail.com.

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.

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