Attorney and Former House Speaker Nizam Mohammed demands answers on why he wasn’t awarded SILK

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Attorney and Former House Speaker Nizam Mohammed demands answers on why he wasn’t awarded SILK

ATTORNEY and former House speaker Nizam Mohammed says he was bypassed after his name appeared on two lists of attorneys to be awarded “silk” status.

Mohammed who was a guest on the Power Breakfast Show this morning said this is the second time that he applied.

He explained that in 2011 he applied for SILK while Head of the Police Service Commission.

However he said because of a false media report he was being forced to resign from the position.

He disclosed that he received a call from then Attorney General Anand Ramlogan who told him that his name was at the top of the list for silk and if he did not resign his position on the Police Service Commission his name would be scratched off. He refused to resign, and the then President of Trinidad and Tobago wrongly dismissed him.

He said he challenged the position in court, he won and his name was cleared.

He revealed that he applied a second time this time around and two lists came to his attention.

One of the lists he claimed was from the Judiciary and the other from the Law Association.

His name, he stated, was included on both lists.

When questioned on the authenticity of the alleged lists, whether or not they bore the letterheads or insignia of either the Judiciary or the Law Association, Mohammed admitted that they did not.

However he adamantly maintained their validity.

Mr Mohammed stated that he does not need SILK for his personal benefit and he would never apply for it again, but will accept it if the decision is reversed.