Roberts says referral to Privileges Committee will not influence what he says on his show

Roberts says referral to Privileges Committee will not influence what he says on his show

Opposition Senator Anil Roberts says he is awaiting the chance to plead his case before “the impartial, constitutional, democratic Privileges Committee.”

Roberts was referred to the Privileges Committee on Tuesday, following a submission by Leader of Government Business Franklin Khan.
The prima-facie case had been made against Roberts over comments he made on his social media show ‘douglAR Politics’ on February 23 and 24.

Khan argued that on his show, Roberts made statements which brought Senate President Christine Kangaloo and the entire Senate into disrepute.

A defiant Roberts yesterday stated sarcastically that “I have total confidence in the PNM-appointed president of the Senate, allowing the PNM-appointed vice-president of the Senate to rule on a motion made by the PNM leader of government business to send me to the PNM-weighted Privileges Committee.
“I await my chance to plead my case before the impartial, constitutional, democratic Privileges Committee.”

Roberts claims to have no idea why he was being placed before the committee, but in an interview on Wednesday with Newsday, he declared that “I have confidence in the democratic situation that involves a PNM president of the Senate, a PNM vice-president of the Senate, a PNM leader of government business and a PNM privileges committee to adjudicate on a UNC senator.”

He also said his referral to the committee will not influence what he says on his show.

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