Although admitting that Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald inquired whether he knew of an investigation into her, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi denies making any queries to the police.
Al-Rawi said a few months before McDonald was arrested in a corruption investigation last month, she approached him in the Parliament.
Speaking to reporters at Skinner Park yesterday, he said McDonald told him as a matter of fact that Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar had informed the MP about her impending arrest.
“I certainly will not be in a position to interfere nor would I ever with any police matter.
“Ms McDonald asked me squarely on that day if I knew something and I reported to her that I knew nothing.
“Secondly, on the day that the police entered into her home and conducted the search and took her into custody, I did receive a call from Ms McDonald very early in the morning.
“She told me what was happening. I told her, ‘Marlene you have to, of course, cooperate with the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service’. She asked me if I knew anything about it. I told her I knew nothing about it,” Al-Rawi said.
On August 8, police executed a search warrant at McDonald’s home in Maracas, St Joseph and arrested her in connection with a six-year-old investigation into the alleged siphoning of over $1 million from a Government Ministry to three organisations which police claimed linked to family and friends of her husband Michael Carew.
Four days later, she was charged with misbehaviour in public office, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering and other offences.
On Wednesday, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith denied that there was a leak among his officers to the Opposition. Griffith said that several weeks before McDonald’s arrest, there was nothing to cause her detention.
He added that he conducted an internal investigation and was assured by his officers that there was no breach.
Al-Rawi said that Griffith’s comments were not “necessarily inconsistent” with what has happened.
However, he said that he did not expect Persad-Bissessar to get any information from Griffith.