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Police will be out in full force
for Chaguanas Carnival says
Mayor Gopaul Boodhan.
He was speaking with
reporters on Friday night when
the Yangatang Comedy Tent
rolled into Ramsaran Street to
give a free public performance.
Boodhan said he had the
assurance of the police that dis-
ruptive behaviour and drunk
driving would not be tolerated.
He said, "Senior Supt Johnny
Abraham has given the assur-
ance that two buses would be
stationed at Ramsaran Street to
transport persons who have
been arrested for disorderly con-
Senior Supt Abraham has also
warned that he would not be
tolerating any trouble-makers
and advised persons to stay at
home and watch Carnival on
television if they plan to cause
"I am advising parents to
ensure that their children have
name tags and be supervised at
"Young women and women
in particular should be cautious
as to who they travel with. We
have reports that a man who
assaulted two women is oper-
ating as a PH driver in Long-
denville. At all times persons
should travel in groups."
Boodhan also called on res-
idents of the area to cooperate
with the private security com-
pany who had volunteered their
services to patrol residential
areas over the Carnival weekend.
He said this initiative started
two years ago and was success-
ful.Boodhan said this move
would allow for additional police
on the streets.
The mayor said businessmen
should also get extra security
personnel, and he advised that
they install CCTV cameras.
Patrons, who packed the
venue on Friday night, roared
with laughter at the various
comedy skits, especially a per-
formance by Alicia Gift who
portrayed the plight obese
women faced when sourcing
More than 60 people have been interviewed
and thousands of documents seized as the police
continue investigations into the controversial
Life Sport programme.
The investigation was launched after an internal
audit ordered by the Prime Minister revealed
extensive fraud, criminal involvement in super-
visory positions, and the payment of millions of
dollars to contractors for no work.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Carlton
Alleyne, who is in charge of Crime, said it may
be months before the investigation is completed
as dozens of people still had to be interviewed.
Although he declined to say whether top gov-
ernment officials would be charged, Alleyne said
an abundance of evidence had already been gath-
"We have a ten-by-ten room filled with doc-
uments that we have to sift through. We have
appointed a team to assist in this," Alleyne said.
Saying that there were lots more documents to
collect, Alleyne noted that an important witness
underwent surgery recently and they were waiting
for him to recuperate before taking his statement.
"It is going to take a lot more time to complete
this investigation. This is not something we can
finish tomorrow," Alleyne said. Asked whether
witnesses were cooperating, Alleyne said yes. He
denied that there was any political involvement
in the probe.
"We are pushing forward to finish the inves-
tigation, but we do not want to compromise the
quality of the investigation," Alleyne said. Acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams
expressed confidence in the investigation, adding
that the public would be apprised of developments
in due course, after he had received the report
of the completed investigation.
'Programme to be transformed'
Former minister of national security Gary Grif-
fith in an interview before his firing said a draft
policy proposal to transform the controversial
Life Sport programme was set to be unveiled next
Griffith said he expected the TTPS investigation
to reveal financial impropriety and questionable
"Let the chips fall where they may. I do not
want to speculate as to who will go down. What
we have to focus on when the investigation is
complete is whether the monies can be recovered
and whether we could set an example so that
such a situation will not take place ever again,"
Asked whether he agreed that a forensic audit
was needed as the public had little faith in the
TTPS, Griffith had said it made no sense to spend
millions of dollars on an independent forensic
audit when the TTPS was already doing a com-
Eight people were robbed of over
$22,000 worth of cash and valuables in
Moruga during two separate robberies on
Investigators believe both robberies were
executed by the same men.
In the first incident, Naieem Hosein, of
Gran Chemin, was watching television at
home with a female relative around 10.30
am when two men---one armed with a gun
and the other with a cutlass---came through
his open door.
They robbed the couple of $8,400 in
cash and a television valued $4,000. A
report was made to the Moruga police and
a search was made. However, the robbers
Three hours later, two men wearing
masks also robbed a contractor and five of
his employees at a jobsite in Moruga.
The contractor Harry Deopersad, of
Princes Town, told police he was about to
pay workers at a jobsite at Penal Rock Road,
where they were repairing a landslip, when
the robbers struck.
They forced him and his employees---
Nicky Rooplal, of Moruga; Peter Boodram,
of Point Fortin; Dexter Gonzales, of Moruga;
Premchand Boodoo, of Cunjal; and Marcus
Blackwell, of St Mary s---to lie on the
ground. The men then took over $10,000
in cash and cellphones before they ran off.
No arrests have been made. (RS)
Life Sport probe
Eight people robbed in Moruga
Life Sport was launched in June 2012
and started in August 2012. Following a
media expose, the Prime Minister ordered
a report on the programme which
highlighted malfeasance. This included
widespread breaches of proper
procurement practices, criminal
involvement at the co-ordinating level,
fraud by suppliers, widespread theft of
equipment, breaches of the Proceeds of
Crime Act, exorbitant and questionable
payments, and poor control and
monitoring by the Ministry of Sport.
cops out in
Two members of the Yangatang Comedy Tent take a poke at police
brutality. PHOTOS: SHASTRI BOODAN
Jean Sam, a member of the Yangatang Comedy Tent, had the
audience rolling with laughter.
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