It is beyond any doubt that Reginald Armour deliberately lied on an affidavit to a court of law. This disgraceful act is only surpassed by his egotistical vow of silence and shameless refusal to resign as Attorney General.
Armour’s pathetic attempt to hide behind an appeal of his disqualification is a non-issue. The result of that appeal does not change the fact that Reginald Armour lied on an affidavit presented to a Miami court which is a crime. For this indisputable fact alone, he must be removed as Attorney General.
For the benefit of citizens who are unaware of the facts surrounding the calls for the removal of Reginald Armour as Attorney General, these are the lies to which he swore before the Miami court:
LIE 1- HE CLAIMED HE WAS A JUNIOR LAWYER ON THE MATTER
· The legal team representing Mr. Kuei Tung at the Magistrate Court was Mr. Alexander SC, Mr. Reginald Armour SC and Ian Brooks.
· The junior lawyer on the team was Mr. Brooks, not Mr. Armour.
· At the time Mr. Armour represented Mr. Kuei Tung in the Magistrate Court matters, he was a senior counsel.
LIE 2- HE CLAIMED HE WAS A NOTE-TAKER
· Mr. Armour is telling Trinidad and Tobago and the Miami Court that as a ‘junior lawyer’ all he did was minimal legal research and taking notes.
· The records will reflect that Mr. Armour was actively participating in the Magistrate Court matter.
· He made written submissions as Senior Counsel on behalf of his client.
· Several times he advocated verbally on behalf of his client.
· He cross-examined a witness on behalf of his client.
LIE 3- RECUSAL
· Mr. Armour said that he walled off himself from the matter and that he recused himself from the Miami case.
· A look at his participation in this case since his appointment as the Attorney General shows:
1. That he was provided with a status report on the matter which involved matters with his former client, Mr. Kuei Tung.
2. He was involved in the logistics for the trial
3. He named persons to attend mediation
4. He named persons to attend trial
5. He managed the payment of legal fees
6. He signed a settlement agreement
7. He spoke to the legal team on three separate occasions as AG- 30 March, 10 April and 14 April.
8. Logistics to bring and house witness from Trinidad and Tobago for the trial
9. He authorized the dropping of certain claims brought by the Government in the Miami Court.
10. Mr. Armour is named as a witness on the Witness List for the trial. The Witness List was filed one day before he left Trinidad and Tobago.
11. He made a declaration on penalty of perjury which was filed in the matter, to oppose the application to disqualify him and Sequor Law.
· Based on the extensive involvement of Mr. Armour in the Miami matter, the Miami Court had to remind him in the Judgment of the duties of Attorneys at Law in relation to former clients.
· If he told Sequor Law about his conflict of interest, why was it not raised with the Court.
· Why did the Defendants have to bring it to the attention of the Court through the Motion to Disqualify?
LIE 4- WAS HE OUT OF THE COUNTRY WHEN HE FOUND OUT ABOUT THE JUDGMENT?
· Mr. Armour left the jurisdiction for a family vacation between the period 12thApril 2022 to 01st May 2022.
· Based on his press release dated 04th June 2022, he said he found out that the motion had been filed by the Defendants as Sequor Law called him on the telephone to discuss the need for an affidavit in response to the motion to disqualify.
· However, in the same press release he then adds that while he was still abroad, he received a phone call from Acting AG Faris Al-Rawi who informed him that the judge made the order of disqualification.
· How was he still abroad if according to him, he returned to TT on the 01stMay 2022 and the date of the Judgment is the 02nd May 2022?
Due to his own arrogance, the time allowed for Armour to do the honourable act of resigning has passed. Keith Rowley must act and revoke Reginald Armour’s appointment as Attorney General.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition
15th June 2022