Jack Warner says he has handed over ev­i­dence of FIFA funds-Trinidad elec­tions link

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Jack Warner says he will spill “an avalanche” of se­crets, in­clud­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween Trinidad and Tobago’s 2010 elec­tion and FIFA money, in­for­ma­tion about Prime Min­is­ter Kamla Per­sad-Bisses­sar, and fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions at FIFA in which pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter was in­volved.

On the same day that Interpol is­sued an in­ter­na­tional wanted per­sons alert for him and five oth­ers fac­ing cor­rup­tion charges re­lated to their roles at FIFA, Warner said in a paid tele­vised ad­dress that he had com­piled a com­pre­hen­sive and de­tailed se­ries of doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing cheques and cor­rob­o­rated state­ments, and placed them in the hands of his lawyers.

“By do­ing so, I have in ef­fect placed the out­come of those mat­ters be­yond even my own reach. Re­tract­ing them is now an im­pos­si­bil­ity. There can be no turn­ing back,” Warner said in his al­most eight-minute ad­dress.

He added that he had in­structed his lawyers to con­tact law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties in and out­side Trinidad and Tobago about the in­for­ma­tion he had pro­vided.

Although not giv­ing specifics, the 72-year-old for­mer FIFA vice pres­i­dent, who has been in­dicted in the United States on charges of rack­e­teer­ing, bribery, wire fraud and money laun­der­ing, said the doc­u­ments re­lated to sev­eral mat­ters in­clud­ing: the link be­tween FIFA, its fund­ing and him; the link be­tween FIFA, its fund­ing and the United Na­tional Congress and the Peo­ple’s Part­ner­ship gov­ern­ment in the 2010 gen­eral elec­tion; his knowl­edge of fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions at FIFA in­clud­ing, but not limited to, Blat­ter who an­nounced his plan to re­sign just four days af­ter be­ing re­elected for the fifth time as FIFA pres­i­dent; and mat­ters in­volv­ing Per­sad-Bisses­sar.

“I apol­o­gize to the peo­ple of Trinidad and Tobago for not dis­clos­ing my knowl­edge of th­ese mat­ters be­fore. My judge­ment was ini­tially that the Peo­ple’s Part­ner­ship, as bad as it was, and still is, was bet­ter for this coun­try than any other gov­ern­ment, ex­cept pos­si­bly a gov­ern­ment of the ILP [In­de­pen­dent Lib­eral Party which he leads],” Warner said. “I will no longer keep se­crets for them who now seek to de­stroy the coun­try which I love.” Warner, who at one point in the record­ing de­scribed him­self as “a lone iso­lated sol­dier”, again claimed that he hon­estly feared for his life.

On Tues­day, he re­leased copies of five cheques to­talling just over TT$1.7 mil­lion (US$267,950) paid by one of his com­pa­nies, Ja­mad Limited, to Ross Ad­ver­tis­ing which han­dled the Peo­ple’s Part­ner­ship’s elec­tion cam­paign in the weeks lead­ing up to the May 24 elec­tion. At the time, Warner was FIFA vice-pres­i­dent.

Per­sad-Bisses­sar has in­sisted that she did not re­ceive any fund­ing from Warner. How­ever, he was adamant in his ad­dress last night. “I threw a con­sid­er­able amount of my re­sources into sup­port­ing the per­son who to­day has be­come the cur­rent Prime Min­is­ter of this coun­try and the po­lit­i­cal leader of the United Na­tional Congress. I shall dis­close the pre­cise source of those re­sources at an­other time,” he said.

Warner is cur­rently out on TT$2.5 mil­lion (US$394,600) bail af­ter ap­pear­ing in court in re­la­tion to the US ef­fort to ex­tra­dite him to face the FIFA cor­rup­tion charges.

For­mer FIFA Vice Pres­i­dent Jack Warner holds a copy of a cheque while he speaks at a po­lit­i­cal rally in

Mara­bella, Trinidad and Tobago, June 3, 2015.

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