Permell: Has Imbert crossed the line? - EntornoInteligente / The trinidad Guardian / Chairman Clico Policyholder Group Peter Permell wants to know if Finance Minister Colm Imbert is targeting him after he raised concerns about the controversial deal transfer of No Man’s Land from Clico to the Government at $10 a square foot.

In a media release yesterday, Permell said “I have followed with great consternation and dismay the repeated attempts by Minister of Finance Colm Imbert to discredit the legitimate cause of the over 15,000 Clico EFPA Policyholders (including myself) who accepted the Government’s offer in 2012 in a Hobson’s choice take-it-or-leave-it scenario.

“Notwithstanding, the fact that all, we as policyholders are simply seeking to do is to get what is contractually due to us from Clico, not the treasury.

“This strategy has now manifested itself in statements made by him at the weekly post-Cabinet media conference held on August 3 and then repeated itself in an August 4 Ministry of Finance media release.

“It would appear that the sole purpose of this strategy is to target me, personally, as a citizen of this country with the goal of intimidating and muzzling me for speaking out and raising legitimate concerns about the controversial steal-of-a-deal transfer of No Man’s Land from Clico to the Government at $10 a square foot, among other things.”

He said, however, the bigger question for the national community and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was, “Did Imbert cross the line?

Permell said as an elected official of the Government, Imbert had now placed in the public domain, by way of media release, the private and confidential details of an ordinary citizen like himself by identifying not only the number of policies that he had with Clico but the payment made to him in respect of the Government’s offer, thereby not only placing him at risk but also the members of his family.

Permell said Imbert’s action had wider implications for members of the media and the country’s fledgling democracy.

He said if Imbert was allowed do this to him, citizens’ private and confidential information can also be compromised and end up on the streets.

Permell said in the public interest he had instructed his attorneys to look into this matter very carefully to determine if any of his rights as a citizen or policyholder had been infringed and what recourse, if any, he had under the laws of T&T.

Permell: Has Imbert crossed the line?

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