Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday has scoffed at the Government's decision to set up a commission of enquiry into 1990 coup attempt, mere days before the commemoration of its 20th anniversary.
Interviewed yesterday, Panday at first, gave an unusual response to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's announcement. He said: "I have no comment to make." But pressed further he replied: "First of all I would like to know, what is the purpose? "It will cost the Government a lot of money. It is 20 years later. There was a trial and all of the evidence ought to have come to the courts.
"I will love to know what is the purpose and, in those circumstances, I have no comment," Panday said. Panday was Opposition Leader when members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted to overthrow the National Alliance For Reconstruction-led Government. Panday had left the Parliament before the attack. There had been several calls for a commission of enquiry into the event by several stakeholders.
Last week former journalist Dennis Mc Comie, upon the release of a book detailing his personal account of those days in Trinidad and Tobago's history, echoed the call for an enquiry. Mc Comie said his life has never been the same since.