TIMELINE TO A SACKING
Tuesday, August 28 2012
Sunday August 26
5 am: Then Minister in the Ministry of National Security Collin Partap made a call to the Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams “advising him of a confrontational situation with police officers”. Williams, according to Warner in a press release issued yesterday, went to the Belmont Police Station “to ascertain the level of the confrontation.”
6 am: Jack Warner receives a call from the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Mervyn Richardson) “to say that he was advising me that Minister Partap was at the Belmont Police Station where he was being asked to take a breathlayser test”, according to a press release he issued. According to Warner, he told Richardson he was in church and would call back. It is unclear how Richardson became involved in the case.
7 am: Warner calls Richardson and “was advised that breathalyser tests were conducted on Minister Partap and the results showed he was within the legal limit.” Warner also said “a report would be filed with me on the entire matter.”
7.30 pm: Jack Warner issues a press statement stating Partap was detained and had passed his breath test. Warner states he is awaiting further reports.
10 pm: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announces Partap’s sacking. A press-release reads: “I have decided to advise the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Professor George Maxwell Richards to revoke the appointment of Minister Collin Partap with immediate effect. This decision was made subsequent to reports received from the Ministry of National Security and Mr Collin Partap.”