The Integrity Commission had rejected the complaint of Moses O Thomas for an investigation into the declared assets of Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Minority Leader Ashworth Jack, saying there were insufficient grounds for an investigation.
The complaint, which had been submitted by the Tobago resident by letter dated October 19, 2011, specifically raised the issue of the land at St George on which Jack's multi-million house had been built.
In his letter, Moses had asked the Commission to examine more carefully Jack's declarations of 2003 to 2008 which he claimed were "fraught with inconsistencies".
The letter had pointed out that Jack declared one parcel of land at #14 Jack Trace, Mt Grace in Tobago in 2003 and in 2004, he declared another parcel of land (six acres) at Mount St George.
However, Moses noted that in the years that followed — 2005 to 2008, no declaration was made about the parcel of land situated at Mt George. Moses stated further that a house was constructed there between 2009 and 2011. He requested to be showed Jack's declarations of assets for these years. Jack has not filed his declaration of income, assets and liabilities with the Integrity Commission for the last two years.
Jack was due to appear on television in Tobago yesterday (Channel 5) to discuss the issue. But instead he opted for a press release in which he reiterated that the house was built by his brother's construction company and that it was constructed from hard-earned income obtained from "honest sacrifices".
He also stated that the land was fully paid for.
Reproduced from Trinidad Express