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Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Sport, Ashwin
Creed, can now put the spec-
tre of the controversial Life
Sport programme behind as
he has gone home on pre-
This was confirmed by the
Head of the Public Service
Reynold Cooper yesterday.
Creed has been on extended
leave of absence since May
and will remain on pre-retire-
ment leave until April next
year, Cooper told the T&T
This means Creed will
effectively not return to work
until he attains retirement age.
Attorney for Creed, Peter
Taylor, a former legal affairs
minister, has said that Creed
was attending to family busi-
ness in the United States and
has had to seek extended leave
to complete the matter.
Creed was one of the Sport
Ministry officials who were
questioned during the audit
into the programme after
claims it was plagued by fraud,
theft, questionable payments
and other criminal activities.
He was asked to return
home from the US in July to
be questioned by the Ministry
of Finance and the Economy s
central audit committee.
The report was subsequent-
ly presented in Parliament on
July 25 by Prime Minister
After giving the details of
what she called a damning
report to the House, Persad-
Bissessar announced its
immediate termination and
"For those who really sought
to improve their lives and pos-
itively benefit from this pro-
gramme, I am sorry that this
had to happen.
"I have accepted the rec-
ommendations of the audit
committee and the Attorney
General has been instructed
to turn the report over to the
Director of Public Prosecutions
and the Commissioner of
Police to investigate, detain
and prosecute those guilty to
the fullest extent of the law.
"Given the fact that the
Central Audit Committee has
raised the possibility of com-
plicity by ministry officials,
the report will be sent to the
Integrity Commission and the
head of the Public Service for
further investigation, consid-
eration and action."
Cooper also received a copy
of the report for further inves-
Anil Roberts, who was the
Minister of Sport, days later
resigned as minister and MP
with immediate effect and has
vowed to clear his name.
The allegations of wrong-
doing were allegedly commit-
ted while the programme was
under Roberts s portfolio. It
was later removed to the
National Security Ministry and
Roberts was temporarily
replaced by Science and Tech-
nology Minister Dr Rupert
Griffith. No permanent
appointment has been made.
Attempts to contact Creed
and Taylor were unsuccessful
leave for Creed
Frustrated by the slow pace of the preliminary
inquiry into the murder of six-year-old schoolgirl
Keyana Cumberbatch, an Arima magistrate yes-
terday ordered 11 homicide detectives to appear
in court to explain their delay in filing their wit-
Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno issued the
summons to the police at a hearing of the case
in the Arima First Court, which took place almost
ten months after the child s stepfather Dwayne
Lewis was charged for her murder.
During yesterday s hearing, State prosecutor
Indira Chinebas disclosed four statements from
the police as well as 171 crime scene photographs
to Lewis s lawyer Fareed Ali.
The photographs are of various rooms and
objects in Cumberbatch s apartment at Building
Four, Maloney Gardens, D abadie, including the
shipping barrel in which her body was found hid-
den. Some of the photographs also showed the
child s decomposing body moments after it was
discovered by detectives probing her disappearance.
Chinebas, who had previously disclosed three
statements Lewis had given to investigators after
his arrest, said there were 15 statements from the
11 officers which were still outstanding. However,
she could not say when the statements would be
prepared, filed and disclosed.
Not satisfied by the delay, Cedeno said she
would issue the summons to the officers, who
would be required to attend court on October 1
to give their explantations.
Cumberbatch, a student of the St Barbara s
Spiritual Shouter Baptist Primary School, went
missing on November 25 last year, while walking
with her siblings to her grandmother s house,
located a short distance from her apartment.
Lewis, a 28-year-old security guard, was arrested
the same day. Three days later her body was dis-
covered in the barrel, which served as a makeshift
television stand. An autopsy showed the child
died from blunt force trauma to her head and was
While being interrogated by police, Lewis suf-
fered a severe asthma attack and had to be hos-
When he eventually appeared in court on
December 10 last year, Lewis was sent to St Ann s
Psychiatric Hospital for a month for a psychiatric
evaluation. The results of the evaluation showed
he was not suffering from any mental diseases
and Lewis was sent to the Remand Yard facility
at the Golden Grove State Prison.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
Kathy Ann Waterman-Latchoo is also prosecuting
Keyana Cumberbatch murder inquiry...
summons for cops
GETTING IT RIGHT
A story on Page A5 of yesterday s T&T Guardian
reported that, inter alios, Dr Merle Hodge and Ms
Attillah Springer were calling for Independent
Senator Dhanayshar Mahabir s appointment to
In fact this is not the case, and we offer our
apologies to Dr Hodge and Ms Springer.
Dr Hodge has further pointed out that those
protesting outside the Parliament against the Con-
stitution (Amendment) Bill are "a loose collection"
of individuals and organisations who do not oth-
erwise have a shared agenda.
Meanwhile, permanent secretary Juliana Johan-Boodram, who was
transferred to the Office of the Prime Minister from the Tourism
Ministry in June, after travelling to Argentina as part of a T&T
delegation to watch the Soca Warriors play Argentina without
informing Cooper, is now at the Ministry of the Attorney General.
At the Office of the PM, Johan-Boodram acted as accounting
officer during Cooper's absence in July.
Cooper had referred Johan-Boodram to the Public Service
Commission (PSC) for investigation following her absence without
permission but no information has been released from the PSC to
date. She is due to go on vacation leave on Monday.
Cooper yesterday confirmed she had been "assigned" to the
Ministry of the Attorney General.
Johan-Boodram said she forgot to tell Cooper about the trip but it
was not at the expense of the state.
PS TRANSFERRED AGAIN
drills on two
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