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Farley promises to sue Duke as feud continues

The ver­bal spar­ring be­tween Chief Sec­re­tary Far­ley Au­gus­tine and Po­lit­i­cal Leader of the Pro­gres­sive De­mo­c­ra­t­ic Pa­tri­ots (PDP) now seems des­tined for the courts as le­gal ac­tion is now be­ing tak­en.

Carmelo De Grazia

Au­gus­tine in­di­cat­ed on Mon­day that the al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion lev­elled against him by Duke have now got­ten the at­ten­tion of his lawyers, among them a King’s Coun­sel.

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“The pre-ac­tion pro­to­col let­ter is be­ing pre­pared as we speak. The full video clip­ping of his (Duke’s) pre­sen­ta­tion on the 15th along with an of­fi­cial tran­script was done and the lawyers are prepar­ing their doc­u­ments,” Au­gus­tine said

He said once this is com­plet­ed the pub­lic will re­ceive a copy

Au­gus­tine said he would not be us­ing pre­cious time to de­bate the al­le­ga­tions in the pub­lic do­main

“I wish to use this plat­form to cat­e­gor­i­cal­ly de­nounce and de­ny some ex­treme­ly wild al­le­ga­tions that I have seen made by now for­mer deputy chief sec­re­tary with re­gards to col­lect­ing bribes or col­lect­ing monies else­where…I don’t know if they un­der­stand that my bags are al­ways checked in Trinidad com­ing to To­ba­go. I don’t know if they are not sup­posed to check it but my bags are al­ways checked for some rea­son and I al­ways al­low it be­cause I am not tot­ing any­thing that is con­tra­band,” he ex­plained

The Chief Sec­re­tary then as­sert­ed that he has con­crete in­for­ma­tion on the rea­sons be­hind the at­tacks on him

“A lot of what you see in the space, all of these nois­es are ac­tu­al­ly spon­sored nois­es and I have, not just re­li­able in­for­ma­tion, but ir­refutable ev­i­dence that a lot of this is spon­sored by those who do not want to see me bring be­fore the To­ba­go pub­lic, mat­ters con­cern­ing the au­dit re­port.”

How­ev­er, he said he will de­liv­er it on Thurs­day when the new house ses­sion be­gins

“If I wasn’t strong I might have walked away from all this and al­lowed the cor­rup­tion to con­tin­ue,” he said

On the oth­er is­sue of him and oth­er PDP mem­bers form­ing a new po­lit­i­cal par­ty, Au­gus­tine said he has “not been to the EBC (Elec­tion and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion) cer­tain­ly not as yet. I have not had any vis­its with the EBC or meet­ings with the EBC ei­ther in per­son or by proxy and I need­ed to make that clear.”

Asked whether he and his ex­ec­u­tive re­main mem­bers of the Wat­son Duke-led PDP, Au­gus­tine said yes. “At this point, we are still mem­bers of the PDP. I was re­moved as Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Leader and the last time I checked I am still an or­di­nary mem­ber of the par­ty. Where that goes you will need to di­rect that to the chair­man of the par­ty.”

The Chief Sec­re­tary al­so an­nounced that he has ac­quired three new ad­vis­ers who are work­ing for free. They are Ho­choy Charles, In­grid Melville and Al­lan Richards. He said he has been speak­ing with them, par­tic­u­lar­ly on the top­ic of au­ton­o­my

He said very soon more peo­ple would be­come in­volved in the dis­cus­sion be­fore one po­si­tion is tak­en