Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 11th 2015 Contents A5
January 11, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
People s National Movement (PNM)
Leader Dr Keith Rowley is slamming the
Government for using the controversial
death penalty as an "election tool."
With 16 murders in just ten days, T&T
had a bloody beginning to the new year and
by Friday, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
wrote to Rowley asking him to either support
the Constitutional (Amendment) (Capital
Offences) Bill or propose changes to the bill
that would foster the PNM's support.
"As you are aware, the Government pro-
poses to reintroduce the Constitutional
(Amendment) (Capital Offences) Bill 2015 to
operationalise the death penalty in Trinidad
and Tobago," Ramlogan stated in the letter.
This is Ramlogan's third attempt to pin
down the PNM on the death penalty issue.
But, in an interview with the Sunday
Guardian yesterday, Rowley accused the Gov-
ernment of resurrecting the death penalty
for the sake of the upcoming general election
and not as a crime fighting initiative.
"It is quite annoying that with a few weeks
to go before elections, they choose to play
games with the death penalty. " Rowley said.
"The death penalty is already the law and
the PNM supports it, we are not going to
be distracted by foolish political games,"
Rowley said instead of using the current
crime situation to score political points, the
Government should ensure that T&T met
guidelines and procedures laid out by the
Privy Council to use the death penalty.
"I know they (Government) want to say
that the Opposition is not in support of the
death penalty, and that is a lie," he said.
He said in 1999 former United National
Congress (UNC) attorney general Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj utilised that existing law
to execute nine men, including known drug
lord, Nankisson Dole Chadee' Boodram.
Boodram was the first person to be hanged
in T&T after more than 20 years.
"The identical law is what is there today,"
"What the Government needs to do is
improve the administration so that they can
improve detection, improve conviction
instead of scoring political points by lying
to the population and saying the PNM is
against the death penalty," he said.
Rowley accused the Government of trying
to use the PNM as the "scapegoats" and
"part of their stupid agenda" as they are
unable to deal with the spiralling crime sit-
He also said that the Government was
seeking to amend the Constitution instead
of complying with the Privy Council con-
"And we know what they are because they
have been tested and retested through trials
and retrials," he said.
Rowley said the death penalty on its own
was useless unless the police detection rate
"Imagine, out of 100 murders, 87 go unde-
tected. We must be able to identify criminals,"
Imam calls for justice for
....but Rowley upset as PP uses it as political tool
PNM supports death penalty
Anand: Opposition leader playing
smart with foolishness
In a subsequent interview, Ramlogan
challenged Rowley to a public debate on
the death penalty issue.
Ramlogan yesterday said Rowley was
"deliberately playing smart with
foolishness" by mixing up the detection
rate with the death penalty issue.
"Rowley is confused if he thinks the death
penalty has anything to do with the
detection rate," Ramlogan said.
"There are currently 500 persons charged
with murder and awaiting trial in the
system right now, those are 500 persons
caught and waiting," Ramlogan said.
He challenged Rowley to "join hands" with
the Government when the ongoing
investigations, trials and convictions are
determined by the courts.
"The question is when a convict is caught
and prosecuted, would the PNM join hands
with the Government to amend the law?"
Ramlogan said.He said Rowley claims to
support the death penalty but has
consistently voted against it in the past.
•Continues on page A11
CHARLES KONG SOO
Imam of the Nur-E-Islam
Masjid in El Soccoro, Maulana
Shiraz Ali, calls for justice for
Shabana Mohammed and other
He was speaking at
Mohammed's funeral service at
her home at Akal Trace, Santa
Cruz, yesterday, where hundreds
of mourners came to pay their
Quoting from a passage in the
Quran of Allah commanding the
people to be just, Ali said, "This
"This is not the time nor the
place, but I know that it is in your
mind as well as mine that much
of what we're seeing going on in
the world today in terms of wars
and trials that Muslims and non-
Muslims are facing.
"You would see that a lot of
this is based on injustice, and we
know that what we saw occurring
to our sister Shabana was an act
"We open the newspaper
everyday and we see more and
more acts of injustice being per-
petrated upon our innocent peo-
ple in this country, society, and
in the world."
He said the faithful should
understand, believe, and call for
justice. Ali asked that justice be
given in this situation and in oth-
ers where people were subject to
victimisation, oppression and
Mohammed's sister, Rahanna
said Shabana was the best of all
four siblings and she thanked
everybody who supported the
family through the difficult last
Rahanna said she was very
proud of her sister who accom-
plished more in her brief 19 years
of life than many people.
Former ASJA president, Dr
Mansoor Ibrahim said he deliv-
ered Shabana and saw her grow
up and what happened to her was
Mohammed was buried at the
El Socorro Muslim Cemetery.
Iman Shiraz Ali, from the Nure Islam Mosque, San Juan, performs final rites for Shabana Mohammed at Akal
Trace, Santa Cruz, after her funeral service yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
BENGAL TIGER GIVES BIRTH AT ZOO
The white Bengal tiger Rajasi feeds her newborn cubs at the Emperor Valley
Zoo yesterday. The two cubs were born after 7 am.
PHOTO COURTESY EMPEROR VALLEY ZOO
Links Archive January 10th 2015 January 12th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page