Police are investigating alleged links between former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, former Udecott executive chairman Calder Hart and the owner of the church, the cornerstone of which, has the name Rev Juliana Pena — Manning’s spiritual advisor.
So far, officers have gotten a statement from architect Stephen Mendes and have also seized drawings for the Prime Minister’s Residence in St Ann’s and drawings for the church from a safe at the Shanghai Corporation office in Port-of-Spain.
Police sources said it is very important that they interview both Pena and Hart for their investigation to be completed. Both Pena and Hart are out of the country, the latter having fled shortly after resigning as Udecott executive chairman and also from the chairmanship of several other State boards. Pena, according to Interpol Police, is now living in Africa.
Police sources said they have an address in Africa for Pena and are making arrangements to interview her by next week. Carlder Hart on the other hand, seems to have disappeared altogether and cellular phone numbers for him have gone straight to voice mail, police sources said. Since he fled the country, police said they have information that Hart has been between Miami and the United Kingdom. Interpol is playing a part in locating Hart whom the police want to question not only in relation to the church but also for several other issues surrounding Udecott and Sunway (Caribbean) Construction Corporation.