SARA investigating state assets allegedly stashed overseas

The State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) has noted that it is going after sveral persons it believs may have stolen state assets stashed overseas, Deputy Head of SARA, Aubrey Retemyer noted that the agency have found stuff abroad.

The agency had written Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Texeira stating that it has in its possession documents from Interpol, Homeland Security and CFATF (Caribbean Financial Action Task Force) that indicates money laundering.

But when asked if there will be biasness in their work because of known affiliation to political parties within the coalition government, that idea was brushed aside by the second in command of SARA. Several members of SARA have strong affiliation to the WPA and PNC.

“I believe that I can have a preference for a political party, but I can be unbiased in a professional sense and I don’t think that’s too much to ask,” that is according to Aubrey Heath-Retemyer.

He further noted that if evidence leads to any matter under the current coalition government, then an investigation will be done. As such, two matters are referred to SARA by the Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Texeira for investigations, one of the matter has to do with the US$18 million signing bonus that the government received from ExxonMobil in 2016. Head of SARA, Dr. Clive Thomas, pointed out that the agency cannot investigate the matters because it do not have the time, resources and capacity to do same and that it will do so when it feels the time is right. Dr. Thomas quipped that the agency will not feel guilty after receiving a complaint and it will guard against political vendettas.




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