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been in constant fear he would come
back to their home and hurt them.
Mala Chadee, Chadee's aunt, who
lived downstairs in the same house in
La Paille Village, Caroni, said she would
only stop being afraid when it was fully
confirmed the body found was Ali's.
"It could be anybody," she said.
Mala said she was longing to get on
with her life since she also had been
living under fear since her niece's
with my life. I was so scared I started
getting sick," she added.
Reacting to the news of Ali's death,
Kevin Mahangoo, brother of
Mahangoo-Charles, said: "I feel safe
now." However, at the Ali's family
home, where they operate a bar in
Claxton Bay, a man identified as one of
Goat's brother was less than
He told members of the media if his
father came back and saw them there
he would "cuss them up and he did not
want that kind of thing in his place."
At Stony Hill, Tarodale, where
Mahangoo-Charles was killed on May
8, 2014, her brother breathed a sigh of
He said for the past nine months
since his sister was shot and killed by
the suspect who also shot and
wounded her 15-year-old daughter,
Kimberly Mahangoo, the family had
been living in fear.
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Relief and joy filled
the Caroni home of the
Chadee family yesterday
as news broke that the
suspected of killing their
19-year old daughter,
Salma Chadee, was
A decomposing body,
believed to be that of
Azad Ali, who police said
was a person of interest
in the murder of Chadee,
was found in a bushy
area near the Brian Lara
Stadium, Tarouba, yes-
Ali, also known as
"Goat," was also suspect-
ed of killing Sherlene
Mahangoo-Charles of St
Madeleine a few months
before Chadee s death.
Her 14-year old daughter
was also injured in the
A 9 mm pistol,
believed to have been
used to kill Chadee, was
found under the body.
Ali, 35, of Macaulay,
Claxton Bay, had been
using a wheelchair since
his legs were injured in a
"Thank you, thank
you," Chadee s mother,
said when she heard the
Busy with the 11-
month old baby left
behind by her daughter,
she said: "I feel light and
relaxed. He deserved
what he got."
She said since her
daughter s murder, life
had been a nightmare for
the family because the
killer had escaped and
was on the loose.
"We were also feeling
very bad because we felt
responsible too," Khan-
Ali, after he allegedly
Charles, was taken in by
the Chadees and lived at
their home for several
On the night he killed
Chadee, he was heard
having an argument with
her before he fired several
shots at her.
Some 5,600 police officers
will be on the streets during
Carnival Monday and Tues-
day but after the reign of the
"merry monarch" they
might not report for duty if
their wage negotiations are
So said president of the
Police Service Social and
Welfare Association Insp
Anand Ramesar at a press
conference yesterday at Police
The association s assurance
that officers would be report-
ing for duty came after dis-
cussions with acting Police
Describing the current sta-
tus of salary negotiations as
"very deplorable" Ramesar
said the association received
a counter proposal from the
Chief Personnel Office last
September and on Tuesday
the association attempted to
hold talks with the CPO.
"...But only to be told by
the Chief Personnel Officer
that she had no instructions
to go ahead with the discus-
sion which for us was an
"We were willing to agree
in some of the areas of the
counter proposal and the
CPO could not agree to what
she had proposed.
"This in itself would have
generated frustration, causing
members to take matters into
their own hands," Ramesar
He said the Police Service
had made several positive
strides and therefore it would
have been "really foolish" for
officers to "take a position"
in relation to salary and terms
and conditions to destroy the
"It is important that as we
move forward we are able to
maintain a right balance in
terms of achieving our goals
and at the same time support
the continued effort of ensur-
ing we are a success when it
comes to policing," Ramesar
He said he did not accept
the PM had no role to play
in salary negotiations.
"We are asking the Prime
Minister to give a clear
instruction to the relevant
personnel to get on with the
business of salary negotia-
tions in the Police Service.
We are not asking her to
usurp the role of the CPO but
get the ball rolling," Ramesar
Family: We feel safe now
killer found dead
Cops hold back Carnival threat
Wage issues to be discussed after
Williams said it was a known fact that
officers have been going beyond the call
and their demand for negotiations to be
settled was justified.
He said he was pleased that there
would be no compromise regarding the
safety of citizens during Carnival.
"The membership has gone out on a
limb to give off way beyond what is
required by way of their call of duty to
ensure citizens are safe and to ensure
visitors can enjoy Carnival.
"Regardless of the challenges we are
facing as an organisation we can provide
the level of safety.
"However, there is clear justification for
the demands the officers are making in
relation to a long, protracted negotiation. I
empathise with them. I support their
cause," Williams maintained.
He added there have been unpredicted
levels of policing activity.
Contacted yesterday National Security
Minister Carl Alfonso said he met with the
association's executive at the Besson
Street Police Station and yesterday he
reported to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar the details of the meeting.
"I reported back to the PM on my
meeting with the association and I gave
her my report. I subsequently called Mr
Ramesar and the bottom line is they
agreed that their members would be out
for the Carnival. I spoke to the PM who is
very concerned about the whole issue.
"She has not told me exactly what she
would do but I strongly suspect that after
Carnival everything would be settled and I
know she would be speaking to the
relevant authorities who may be the
Finance Minister and CPO," Alfonso added.
Ten men who were convicted and
sentenced to death for the murder
of Thackoor Boodram have now
commenced proceedings against
President Anthony Carmona seek-
ing their freedom.
Two of the convicted men, Michael
Maharaj and Damian Ramiah, who
are serving life sentences at the state s
prison, yesterday issued a pre-action
protocol letter to the President
through their lawyer Wayne Sturge.
They are calling on Carmona to
determine their petition which
requests him to exercise his powers
under Section 64 of the Supreme
Court of Judicature Act, Chapter 4:01.
The letter states that the inaction
on the part of the President to deter-
mine their petition amounts to a
breach of their fundamental right to
due process. The men have given
Carmona 14 days in which to make
a determination, failing which con-
stitutional proceedings will be brought
On August 7, 2001, Damien
"Tommy" Ramiah, Bobby Ramiah,
Seenath "Farmer" Ramiah, Michael
"Rat" Maharaj, Samuel Maharaj,
Daniel "Fella" Gopaul, Richard Hug-
gins, Leslie Huggins, Mark "Bico"
Jaikaran and Junior "Heads" Phillip
were convicted of Boodram s murder
and were given the death sentence
by Justice Stanley John.
The men are calling for their case
to be reopened because four years
ago the state s main witness at the
trial, Junior Grandison, swore in a
statutory declaration that the evidence
he gave at the trial was fabricated.
The men s relatives and lawyers
subsequently petitioned former Pres-
ident George Maxwell Richards
requesting that he refer the case to
the Appeal Court for it to be reopened
in light of the new evidence. He was
replaced by Carmona in 2013.
The pre-action protocol letter states
that to date there has been no
acknowledgement by the claimants
attorneys to the petitions by the Office
of the President, nor have they been
informed of any step taken by the
State since the lodging of the petitions
towards a determination of whether
Carmona will send the case back to
the Court of Appeal to consider the
evidence of Grandison as contained
in the statutory declaration.
It said: "Our society is one that is
based upon the rule of law, respect
for the Constitution and the recog-
nition and protection of fundamental
"If the evidence of Junior Grandi-
son is true, what has transpired in
this particular case is nothing short
of a fundamental subversion of the
rule of law. That ten men could be
convicted based upon evidence that
is false and that error was not cor-
rected by the appellate process is a
matter of grave concern, more so in
a case such as the present, where the
sentence imposed upon the convicted
is that of death.
"This is a matter that ought to
require the authorities to examine
closely the manner in which criminal
justice is administered in this country.
It is a matter that has the potential
to bring the administration of justice
Last month, Ramiah s 80-year-old
mother was joined by approximately
50 other people outside the High
Court, Port-of-Spain, in a protest
calling for her three sons to be freed.
Death Row prisoners serve Carmona
'14 days to act or face legal proceedings'
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