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 Roberts Apologises for Calling Senate ‘Kangaroo Court’

Anil Roberts. Photo: T&T Parliament

Roberts Apologises for Calling Senate ‘Kangaroo Court’

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

UNITED National Congress (UNC) Senator Anil Roberts has apologised to the Senate for statements made on his social media show Douglar Politics made in February in which he referred to the Senate as a “kangaroo court.”

At the Senate sitting on Tuesday, in a personal explanation, Roberts also reaffirmed his commitment to the country by his work in the Senate.

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He stated, “I wish to refer to the report of the Committee of Privileges of the Senate first session 2020/2021 Twelfth Parliament on the matter  of Contempt of Parliament. By resolution agreed on Wednesday July 7, 2021, the Senate adopted said report and its recommendations.

“Therefore pursuant to the recommendations therein, I wish to extend an unreserved apology to the President of the Senate and to the Senate as a whole for statements deemed to have brought this house and its presiding officer into ridicule and odium. I wish to reaffirm my commitment to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and to the Parliament of this republic. I thank you for your consideration in this matter.”

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On July 7, the committee called upon Roberts to make “an unequivocal and unreserved apology” to Senate President Christine Kangaloo and the entire Senate, at his next Senate appearance.

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The committee said Roberts’ apology must be done by way of personal explanation to the Senate. All senators were also  reminded of their conduct on social media and in the Parliament Chamber.

 

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