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Attorney Nafeesa Mohammed has
denied reports that the five Trinidadian
men detained in Venezuela have been
Mohammed said that she has been in
contact with legal representatives for the
men and was not aware that any charges
were laid against them.
"As far as I know, and I have been in con-
tact with the lawyers and the men s families,
they have not been charged."
Mohammed was central to the issue of
the men s detention since it was first ven-
tilated in the public that a group of approx-
imately 22 Muslims were detained in a vague
terrorist plot in Venezuela back in May.
Since then women, children and three
Imams among the group have been released
but five men---Andre Joseph Battersby,
Charles Wade, Leslie Daisley, Dominic Clive
Pitilal and Asim Luqman---have been in
custody for the past seven months.
It was reported that the released groups
were not connected to the detained five and
had gone to Venezuela to visit the Saudi
Arabia embassy to procure visas for a pil-
"I understand that the men met with
their lawyers on Tuesday and they are now
awaiting a meeting with a panel of judges,
almost like a preliminary enquiry. They have
not been charged with anything,"
She said the men have maintained their
innocence and have denied being jihadists
or involved in any terrorist activity.
Mohammed said since the reports in local
media, the families are in a panic, including
the elderly relative of detainee Charles Wade.
"She is in a state since she heard the news
because it is all a shock to them. We have
had no such information and they are in
contact with the men and their lawyers, so
they were surprised to see this report,"
Mohammed said she was hoping to get
more information on the case by tomorrow
when she expects to hear from the men s
An anaesthetist s error led to the death of 56-
year-old Point Fortin resident Richard Phillip dur-
ing a medical procedure at the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital (SFGH).
However, the hospital s medical director, Dr Anand
Chatoorgoon, said the anaesthetist involved is not
an employee of the South-West Regional Health
In a statement yesterday, he said although Phillip,
a Petrotrin retiree, died on the operating table while
undergoing surgery at SFGH, the procedure that
led to his death was not performed at the hospi-
tal.Chatoorgoon said the surgical procedure was
done at a private medical institution and the anaes-
thetist involved was not employed with the SWRHA.
Phillip, who lived at 14 Kalloo Road, Point Fortin,
reportedly went to the private hospital on October
17 for the procedure.
On October 19, he was admitted to SFGH where
he later died from severe blood loss as a result of
damage to a vein.
This occurred when a line was inserted into a
vein in the leg for haemodialysis---removal of waste
and excess fluid from the body.
Chatoorgoon said a post-mortem done at the
SFGH concluded that Phillip s death was due to
"hypovolaemic (severe blood loss induced) shock
secondary to inadvertent damage to a vein."
He that condition is a possible complication of
the procedure done on Phillip.
He said the findings in the operating theatre and
the post-mortem room confirmed that the "external
iliac vein was lacerated leading to extensive haem-
orrhage in the belly."
Chatoorgoon said the patient was rushed to the
SFGH after the procedure and was taken to the
operating theatre "in an attempt to stop the haem-
orrhage that took place as a result of the torn vein."
"The patient died on the operating table shortly
after his abdomen was opened," he said.
Swift action by police officers led to the
arrest of four men who robbed and shot
a Princes Town doubles vendor yesterday.
Police said at around 8.05 am Deonarine
Kadoo and his wife Beena, of Watson Trace,
Princes Town, were conducting sales at their
business place near the Usine Ste Madeleine
sugar factory when four men approached
them. The men, two of whom were armed
with guns, demanded money from the cou-
ple.Kadoo resisted and there was a struggle
during which he was shot in the right shoul-
The men then robbed Beena of $2,000
and escaped by running into Factory Road.
Officers from the Ste Madeleine Police
Station, Southern Division Task Force and
Criminal Investigations Department inter-
cepted a silver Wingroad at St Charles,
Princes Town, in which four men were trav-
When confronted one of the men came
out of the vehicle and pointed a gun in the
officers direction. One of the officers fired
a shot which missed the suspect and he
escaped into some bushes.
Police arrested the three men who were
seated in the vehicle and recovered a revolver
with four live and one spent round of
They also recovered $2,082 in the car.
Police received information that a man
was seen walking along Cipero Road.
Officers responded and detained a man
believed to be the fourth suspect.
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No charges laid
against T&T Muslims
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Four held for robbing doubles vendor
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