Gov’t defends recusals for Young, Al Rawi


    Government is defending National Security Minister Stuart Young and Attorney General Faris Al Rawi against allegations relating to recusals at a number of Cabinet meetings.

    The issues were brought up again during a virtual UNC meeting, where party leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar reminded that Mr Young recused himself 57 times while Mr Al-Rawi was recused 37 times during Cabinet discussions for several matters.

    Mr Young’s recusal came during matters involving NCB Global Finance Ltd, where his brother is the CEO.

    Speaking today, Finance Minister Colm Imbert insisted that NCB, which offers loan financing to the Government, has only been successful on a handful of occasions.

    Mr Imbert also insisted that neither Mr Young nor his brother personally benefit from any NCB deal.

    In August, Mr Young also addressed the matter of his recusals.

    Addressing the matter of Mr Al Rawi’s recusals was Public Administration Minister Allyson West.

    According to her, only a handful of the recusals involved properties that he was a shareholder in, while the rest were due to family links.

    Public Administration Minister Allyson West.