Opposition leader says Piarco case was a slander machine against UNC

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Opposition leader says Piarco case was a slander machine against UNC

A PNM smear campaign! That’s the way Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar described the decade long Piarco Airport case against former prime minister Basdeo Panday, his wife Oma, Carlos John and Ishwar Galbaransingh.

Speaking at the UNC Monday night forum in Chaguanas, Persad-Bissessar said the entire matter was a slander machine of lies to make people feel the United National Congress was corrupt.

Persad- Bissessar told party supporters: “After 25 years of slander and lies to try to bring down the UNC government, the case against Mr Panday, his wife, Ish Galbaransingh, Brian Kuei Tung and Carlos John – 25 years of persecuting these people for the Piarco matter, it’s collapsed! This sort of smear and slander is a major flank of the PNM’s campaign!”

Persad-Bissessar said it was never meant to succeed in court but to drag on as long as possible to have the UNC seen as corrupt.

“Mr and Mrs Panday up and down in court for 25 years! Every time they go to court, people saying ‘Look, look, UNC crooks!’ Front page, back page! Even when he was going to form the government they were trying to discredit him.”

Persad-Bissessar said the Piarco Airport issue also morphed into the controversy of the Section 34 matter,

“I have nothing to apologise for on that. Nobody escaped from court with section 34!”