Government, cops respond to Marlene McDonald’s arrest

Government on Thursday afternoon acknowledged for the first time the police investigation involving Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald.

In a brief statement issued at 2:39p.m. newly appointed Communications Minister Donna Cox said: “The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) wishes to confirm that a search warrant was executed at the home of Minister of Public Administration the Honourable Marlene McDonald this morning (8 August 2019).

However, this is an ongoing police investigation and further information will be provided as it is made available by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.”

Shortly after the Government’s statement, the TTPS issued an statement of its own.

The TTPS stated: “Police officers investigating alleged corruption offences have arrested and taken into custody, Government Minister Marlene McDonald and her husband for questioning. They were detained earlier today, Thursday 8th August 2019. Enquiries are ongoing at this time and more information will be provided when it becomes available.”

 At around dawn today, McDonald and her husband were detained.

McDonald, the Member of Parliament for Port of Spain South was taken into police custody.

The arrests were made at the couple’s home at around 4a.m. by police executing a search warrant.

The detention came after police went to the Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard with an investigation file on Tuesday.

McDonald, a Cabinet minister, is being investigated on the allegation of misappropriation of public funds.