Augustine: PM’s pre-action protocol letter is an attempt to scare whistleblower away

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Augustine: PM’s pre-action protocol letter is an attempt to scare whistleblower away

THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine has questioned whether the Prime Minister’s pre-action protocol letter to alleged whistleblower Akil Abdullah is an attempt to scare the “witness.”

During a TV6 Morning Edition interview on Thursday, Rowley revealed he had already taken action toward redress against Abdullah.

He said: “I have taken some legal action. I have issued a pre-action protocol to the so-called whistleblower who has participated in the creation of this monstrous lie implicating me in serious criminal conduct. I will take my cue from what the law permits and that is why I’m going to sue the person who lied on me.”

But during an interview with members of the media following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Habitat for Humanity at Shaw Park Cultural Complex in Tobago, Augustine questioned if the Prime Minister was resorting to intimidatory tactics.

“I will ask if this pre-action protocol letter is an attempt to scare the whistleblower away. Is that an attempt at witness tampering using a legal mechanism? I don’t know,” Augustine said.

“I don’t know any thief who does say they thief. I don’t know any murderer that says, ‘I am guilty’, and therefore those who are accused or who it was alleged did wrong things in terms of using State agencies to enact political persecution, they can’t clear themselves by saying ‘I am not guilty’. It requires an independent investigation into the matter,” he added.