Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 3rd 2015 Contents A10
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt May 3, 2015
One of the most visible advocates for
law and order in this country, Seetahal
wrote columns for both the T&T Guardian
and Trinidad Express newspapers, and she
was never afraid to voice her expert opinion
on whatever issue she was consulted on
by the media or public.
Seetahal s sister Susan Francois, who
heads the Financial Intelligence Unit, in an
interview last weekend, described her sister
as very visible and in the forefront---a brave
and daring soul who charted new territo-
ry.She said, "I don t think before she
appeared on the scene as an advocate that
there were many attorneys willing to speak
so freely and openly to the media. It appears
to me that the attack on her was really a
brazen attack on the judicial system. I think
it should be considered as that, because I
can t see it any other way because of all
that she stood for and all that she did."
Seetahal s brother Kenrick echoed similar
sentiments. "We were very hurt and still
feel like we are lost because we don t and
are not seeing any tangible evidence from
the security forces that they are working
on this matter," he said.
Referring to the day of total policing on
March 23, in which police officers locked
down the country as they carried out their
duties, Kenrick said, "If the police want to
do their job, as was reflected last month
when they locked down the whole country,
we see that they have the capacity to solve
matters and problems if they wish to, but
it is just the will to do it that is lacking."
Family friend Carolyn Ravello also ques-
tioned whether it was inefficiency or a lack
of will by the police to solve Seetahal s mur-
Present during the interview last weekend,
Ravello said the time which has passed since
the killing was now worrying, as the Police
Service does not have a record of success
in solving cold cases.
"If in12 months the police couldn t come
up with anything except the suggestion that
a suspect was killed recently, my heart bleeds
because if they didn t act when it was warm.
What are they going to do now?" she asked.
Police officials have claimed that David
"Junior" Baker, who was believed to be a
key suspect in Seetahal s murder, was killed
on August 19, 2014, during a shootout with
members of the North Eastern Division Task
Force in Freeport.
But even if the public is to believe this,
Baker is just one of the players in what was
a well-thought-out and well-executed hit
that many feel was initiated by people of
influence in society.
Ravello said it was not too late for local
authorities to accept the offer from external
security agencies, as we don t have the effi-
ciency to operate on cold cases.
Expressing a sense of frustration over the
apparent lack of action by the police, Fran-
cois and her family said they all believed
the police were "playing with statistics."
Francois said, whenever questioned, offi-
cers were quick to report that crime was
down. But she said the low detection rates
were abysmal and reflected a certain inability
by the police to tackle crime in such a way
that would make citizens feel more secure.
She said, "We have tried on several occa-
sions to speak with investigators regarding
their progress on the matter and the same
answer is being given to us every single
time, the investigation is ongoing, it s a
"This is a personal tragedy not just for
me, but my entire family as well as friends
and colleagues who knew her. It is very dif-
ficult to carry on normally knowing that
the persons responsible, her killers, are still
out there and they are probably doing the
same thing to other people. It would cer-
tainly give some closure and some reassur-
ance to know that these murderers are
Declining to comment about rumours
relating to the reasons behind the killing,
Francois said if there was any will by the
police to administer justice in this instance
it should be reflected by their actions, which
would include a speedy conclusion to the
investigation and bringing Seetahal s killers
before the court.
Raising questions about the police conduct on the
night of the killing, the family wondered if there were
any roadblocks set up immediately after the shooting
and if not, they are demanding to know why not.
"The killers were moving around, and I am just
wondering why there were no roadblocks that night
in an attempt to apprehend the killers," one relative
Claiming that she appealed to the authorities last
July not to let the investigation grow cold, Francois
said, "It is clear that any murder that is unresolved
for a year is a cold case. We are now approaching
one year and it is in fact a cold case.
"We have not been appraised of any developments,
nor have we been advised that there may be certain
persons of interest. We have not been told whether
they are waiting on some information from someone
and then they will proceed. They don¹t have to give
us the information, but just inform us about the
Urging officials to put the rumour mill to rest,
Francois said it was imperative that "they find not
just the trigger man, but they need to find the people
who are responsible, the ones who paid for it to be
done. The country owes her that."
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A former independent senator,
Senior Counsel Dana Saroop
Seetahal was assassinated at 12.05
am on May 4, 2014.
Two months shy of her 59th
birthday, Seetahal was shot dead in
the vicinity of the Woodbrook
Youth Facility, as she drove along
Hamilton Holder Street,
Woodbrook, on the way to her
home at One Woodbrook Place.
Up to now, her killers remain free.
In this third instalment of a four-
part series, the family's quest to
find answers as well as the
reflections of Seetahal's close
friends and former colleagues are
left in the cold
We were very hurt and still feel
like we are lost because we don't
and are not seeing any tangible
evidence from the security
forces that they are working
on this matter.
Kenrick Seetahal. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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