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Jul 6, 2017

Edmond Castro Dismisses ‘Minister’s List’

Earlier in this newscast, you heard from one of the two witnesses at Wednesday’s Senate hearings, Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez, attempting to justify his behaviour. And while raising strong objection to the tone of questioning as we will show you later on, he mostly answered the questions put to him. The same cannot be said for his colleague Edmond Castro, who on several occasions during his testimony attempted to introduce red herrings in the form of personal attacks against his questioners. In answering what was put to him by Business Community Senator Mark Lizarraga concerning the list of visa approvals with recommendations from him, the Minister went beyond questioning where the information came from, introducing a debunked accusation against his questioner to suggest that he, Castro, was being falsely accused.

 

Mark Lizarraga

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community

“Director Marin provided us with lists that she began compiling and she’s provided them to us for certain periods. I’m going to share with you and the first list I have, one, two, three, four, five on the seventeenth of the fourth month, 2013.  One, two, three, four, five Honourable Castro visa approvals minister list, you’re there. On the seventeenth of May, two Honourable Castro, approved by the way; all of them there was a notation beside them, the date, the name, the nationality and whether they were approved and which minister made the request to have these approved; on the twenty-first of May, one, two, three, four, five; Honourable Castro again; on the twenty-fifth of May, one, two, three, four, five…five again;  on the seventh of June, Honourable Castro, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Are these many, Minister?”

 

Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO

“Senator, what part of the report you are reading from?”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Honourable minister we have…”

 

 

Edmond Castro

Edmond Castro

“I asked a question, which part of the report, I don’t see that at all in the report. What part of the report are you getting that information from? It’s not in this report. I can’t answer to anything that is not in this report that I know nothing about.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Is it your position that if something is not in a report that only covers a fraction of the period of time – let me finish minister?”

 

Edmond Castro

“Go ahead senator.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Is it your position minister that because the report only covers a fraction of the time period that certain matters that came to us before testimony, we cannot question you on? Is that doing to be your position?”

 

Edmond Castro

“I would like for you to stick to the report and question me about what I can or cannot remember that is in the report. The hearsay business, this senate hearing will never finish if you are on hearsay and this one leaked you this and this one leaked you this and this one gossip that and that one gossip that. I noh think that was the purpose of this hearing, so if you continue to bring in and somebody give you that and somebody say that then you are wasting the government and tax payers’ money man. (Laughter) Senator, when your maid accused you of sexually assaulting her, the police report, was that true? Was that true?”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Minister….”

 

Edmond Castro

“Was that true?”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“No, sir.”

 

Edmond Castro

“Well then, behave yourself and stop asking me thing.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“But I answered to it in court and it was proved to be false.” 

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