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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley says he spent the last four days
wondering whether he could have
done anything which would have
changed fate and kept former
national security minister Martin
Joseph from dying on Monday.
Rowley said so during a wake for
the former People s National Move-
ment (PNM) strategist on Wednesday
night. Joseph drowned on Monday
morning after going for a swim in
Grange Bay, Tobago. He was visiting
his friend Andre Monteil at the time.
Rowley was in Tobago at the time,
preparing to leave after spending time
with his family.
In a speech to give tribute to
Joseph, Rowley recited a series of
events, from slaughtering two goats
and five ducks to a conversation with
friends, which occurred over last
weekend in Tobago, trying to connect
the dots to see whether any decision
he could have made would have saved
Joseph s life.
Rowley had considered meeting
Joseph that morning before departing
for Trinidad. He had also been asked
to go swimming at Grange Bay earlier
"On Friday, we slaughtered two
goats and five ducks. We had a cook
and had a nice lime on Sunday. I was
due to return to Trinidad on Monday
and Martin (Joseph) was due back
on Tuesday. I hadn t seen Andre
(Monteil) over the weekend I was
there so the only time I could have
seen him had I chosen to go was
Monday morning," Rowley said.
Rowley said it was while he was
getting ready to return to Trinidad
that he saw a series of missed calls
on his phone, returned the call and
was told Joseph was dead.
"Since then to now I have been
thinking, if I had gone to breakfast
by Andre, maybe they might not have
gone for a walk. And if they hadn t
gone for that walk, maybe Martin
might not have gone into the sea,"
"We all just have to accept that
there are powers beyond us. I kept
thinking how all these little things
that come together, was their any-
thing that could have been done dif-
ferently under my control that would
have had a different outcome and
the answer is I don t know."
Rowley praised Joseph s drive and
said he stood out as a perfectionist.
"I don t know many perfectionists
who are doers. Martin Joseph was a
perfectionist who was a doer."
Rowley spoke about the 2012
Tobago elections, during which time
Joseph ran the PNM s campaign and
worked hard to ensure the PNM got
"I would have settled for 11 seats
but he wanted all 12, and he knew
we had to get 12. He was the con-
summate perfectionist doer," Rowley
"He was a different kind of man
in the political arena, a man who
prefaced his work by saying he was
not doing it for any personal gain."
Other verbal tributes came from
PNM chairman Franklyn Khan, for-
mer Port-of-Spain mayor Murchison
Browne and former president of the
Senate Linda Baboolal.
Khan said he owed his political
career to Joseph, after Joseph gave
up his seat to be Khan s campaign
manager for the Ortoire/ Mayaro
constituency in 2002.
Even as Joseph was praised and
remembered, some subtle digs were
taken at the People s Partnership
Government s expense.
While Browne praised Joseph for
stopping the rise in kidnappings in
this country during his tenure as
national security minister, he added
that Joseph avoided "unnecessary
states of emergency."
He said while Joseph was patient
there was a sense of injustice in how
he was treated by the media.
Baboolal said she felt a stab in her
heart when she heard the news, as
if her own brother had died.
In fact, Baboolal s own brother had
died on the same day about five years
Joseph s funeral will take place at
10 am tomorrow at the Holy Trinity
Cathedral, Port-of-Spain after which
he will be laid to rest at the Lapey-
Quincy Muntslag has
been ordered to be
extradited to the United
States to stand trial for
the offence of conspir-
acy to traffick cocaine.
Muntslag, 31, was
arrested by officers of
the Organised Crime
Narcotics and Firearms
Bureau (OCNFB) at
Trincity Mall, in August
2013, and charged with
After being denied bail
on a previous occasion,
Mourners at the wake of former national security minister Martin Joseph at Balisier House on Wednesday night.
From left, PNM deputy political leader and campaign manager Rohan Sinanan, Point Fortin mayor Clyde Paul,
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, chairman Franklin Khan, former health ministers John Rahael, Jerry Narace
and former culture minister Joan Yuille-Williams. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Muntslag remained at
the Maximum Security
Prison, Golden Grove.
After the court ruling
yesterday, Muntslag was
once again denied bail
and advised to apply to
a judge in chambers.
Muntslag s attorney
Keith Scotland was also
advised to file a writ of
habeas corpus at the
High Court, if Muntslag
intended to contest the
informed the court that
although he had not yet
filed a habeas corpus, it
was his intent to do so.
Muntslag was first
indicted in the US, along
with the son of Suri-
name president Desi
Bouterse, for drug traf-
Dino Delano Bouterse,
was also charged with
possession of a light
anti-tank weapon and
was arrested in Panama
in August 2013.
Rowley recounts final moments with Joseph
Surinamese businessman to be extradited
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