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Jul 6, 2017

Castro Caught over P.M. Admonition

Mark Lizarraga

The recalcitrant Ministers were also pressed on their public commentary about the inquiry, its purposes and intentions, and the Prime Minister’s famous dictum that all Ministers should stop making visa recommendations – “procurement” as he put it – as that would cause the Government to fall. It was said at a press conference around the time of the fall of Elvin Penner, and while Castro was only a Minister of State at the time, Martinez was a full Minister. Castro made reference to the statement in his court case but claimed under oath not to remember doing so. He sought a way out by questioning whether there was any evidence of a “visa hustle.”

 

Michel Chebat, P.U.P. Senator

“Now, Minister, are you familiar with a speech that the Prime Minister gave at a press conference…”

 

Edmond Castro

Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO

“No, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Where he said, and I quote, “But if there is one thing that can and will bring down this government it is hustling in immigration. I have heard that there are ministers who are procuring visas for people. I have said pretty much every second Cabinet, if you are doing so, I have no proof, [but] for God sake stop it, stop it! That is what will cause the government to fall.” Have you heard that before?”

 

Edmond Castro

“No, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And has the Prime Minister admonished you about these visa recommendations?”

 

Edmond Castro

“No, sir.”

 

Elena Smith, Pro-tem Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“Senator Lizarraga?”

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community

“With the greatest of respect, Honorable, I remind you that you are under oath and there is a penalty for perjury. As per documentation that I have in front of us, earlier you made reference to your court documents, and earlier the question was asked of you in court, regards the Prime Minister’s statement where the Prime Minister said, “But if there is one thing that can and will bring down this government it is hustling in immigration. I have heard that there are ministers who are procuring visas for people. I have said pretty much every second Cabinet [meeting], if you are doing so, I have no proof, [but] for God sake stop it. That will cause this government to fall.” And the question was posed to you, do you remember that statement?”

 

Edmond Castro

“No, sir.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Don’t you? But in court documents, Minister, you said yes.”

 

Edmond Castro

“We in a court right now, true?”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“No.”

 

Edmond Castro

“Let me tell you something: I don’t remember.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“You referred us to the statement, and I am reminding you that you are under oath, and that you run the risk of perjury.”

 

Edmond Castro

“Mek a tell you something; we deh ina wah Senate hearing fi deal with this issue of thee recommendation – mek wi stick to it, noh? We no di go da court, man; we no deh ina that.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“So your answer remains that you have never heard that statement from the prime Minister?”

 

Edmond Castro

“Where is this visa hustle evidence that you guys are talking about? Where is it?”

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1 Response for “Castro Caught over P.M. Admonition”

  1. carlos says:

    Why do we have these minister with little education? Can’t the UDP get people that are properly educated to be ministers. These two have not even a 1 % of qualification to occupy this position, starting with the qualification on respect, how to handle themselves in front of a legally constituted committee.

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