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Despite the grief faced by relatives
of 18-month-old Rojel Jeremiah
Hilaire Farrow at his funeral yester-
day, family members still found it in
their hearts to embrace the female
relative accused of his murder.
Under police guard, the 20-year-
old suspect, who was detained on
May 18, sat near the oversized casket
bearing Rojel's body and muffled her
cries at Belgrove's Funeral Home and
Crematorium, San Fernando.
Rojel's father, Joel Farrow, sat and
cried quietly as relatives tried in vain
to bring comfort.
Even for Bishop Kawmi Jordan, the
loss was too much to bear as he paused
several times during his sermon to
compose his emotions.
"They say tears show a sign of
weakness but I would like to believe
there is strength in tears. Bob Marley
in one of his songs said, Who feels
it, knows it.' As a minister it is part
of my job to conduct funerals," Jordan
Telling mourners their pain would
not subside anytime soon, he advised
them to trust God to ease their pain.
He added: "Everyone wants to be
the greatest, everyone wants to be in
charge, be the top dog, want to judge,
want to be a lawyer, a police officer,
an investigator because they were
there and they know what happened.
"If you want to be recognised by
God, you have got to come down. At
the end of the journey, it's all about
God regardless of what we have
"My advice to the family is to let
go and let in God. Let God into very
situation because he is in charge.
Regardlesss of how we feel about the
situation, it still resides with God. We
may question, How could this hap-
pen?' The answer lies with God."
He said in order to be forgiven by
God, we too should forgive each other
as he lamented too much time was
wasted carrying grudges.
According to police, the suspect
and child was at a house at Exchange
Road, Couva, on May 17 when she
She told police he had a tantrum,
causing him to fall off a chair. Around
12.30 pm she fed him and put him
down for a nap but when she attempt-
ed to wake him around 3.30 pm he
He was taken to the Couva District
Health Facility, examined and pro-
nounced dead at 4.28 pm.
An autopsy by pathologist Dr Eslyn
Mc Donald-Burris said Rojel died from
internal bleeding caused by blunt force
trauma he sustained on his body.
laid to rest
JTUM to workers on
Don't let it
The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM)
is not accepting Government s proposed
Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015
as its president, Ancel Roget, says it will
allow employers to "beat workers into sub-
"We cannot comrades, shall not, dare not
allow for this bill to become law," Roget said
as he addressed members at a national cassabo
on the bill at the Oilfields Workers' Trade
Union (OWTU) headquarters, San Fernando,
Likening it to the controversial Section 34
saga, he said Government was trying to pass
legislation without consulting those it would
affect the most. He said that was a last minute
effort to fool the population into believing it
had done something for labour.
A major concern, he said, was Section 24,
which would take away employers' right to
petition the Industrial Court to decertify a
union and give it to employees. That, he said,
would allow for employers to bribe employees
to carry out their plans to get rid of a bargaining
Despite writing to the Ministry of Labour
and Small and Micro Enterprise Development
for clarification on the bill, he said no response
"Trade union movements are telling you
that they have had absolutely no consultation.
"Across the country you are hearing there
was no consultation but they are still going
ahead with this Bill just to tell the country
that they have kept their commitment.
"But in doing that, they are drafting and
bringing into law the most dangerous amend-
ments to the Act since its formation in 1972,"
Among the other objections to the Bill was
that it does not address the security of tenure
for members of the Industrial Court.
According to OWTU's first vice-president,
Peter Burke, those members are contracted
for three years and face their employment not
being renewed if they give unfavourable rulings
against the State.
He said the amendment to Section 40 which
would decriminalise the offence to "meet and
treat" would only carry a $4,000 fine for
He said that would be an incentive for
employers not to meet with unions to deal
with important matters relating to workers.
He added that the appointment of Con-
ciliation and Mediation Service (CAMS), a
statutory board to replace the Minister of
Labour as a mediator in industrial disputes,
would not be fair as eight out of the 14 mem-
bers of the board would be appointed by gov-
ernment while employers and trade unions
got two each. KF
Alisha Hilaire, the mother of Rojel Jeremiah, is escorted out
of Belgrove's Funeral Home, by police officers after the
funeral service of her son yesterday. The toddler died last
week in circumstances still being investigated.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Senior Counsel Israel Khan has denied
using his relationship with Integrity Com-
mission chairman Zainool Hosein to influ-
ence the outcome of body s probe into the
He made the comment on CNC3 last night
as he responded to claims by Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley at the People's
National Movement Family Day at the Nelson
Mandela Park, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday.
During his speech, Rowley alleged that
Khan, who represents Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar in the matter, had written
to the Integrity Commission calling for the
termination of the investigation on a letter-
head that bore the name of the commission's
"So the law firm looking to request the
termination of the investigation, a person
listed on the letterhead of that law firm is
the person to terminate the investigation,"
Rowley said if the investigations showed
that the 31 emails were fake so be it but he
criticised Persad-Bissessar for retaining a
criminal lawyer to pressure the commission
for a statement.
Last night, however, Khan said immediately
after Hosein's appointment at the commission
last November, his (Hosein's) name plates
were taken down from the door of his cham-
bers and his name removed from the letter-
head as one of Khan's consultants.
Khan advised Rowley to file for a judicial
review at the High Court to set aside the
decision of the commission on the grounds
of bias, if he felt strongly enough that Hosein
was unduly influenced in the matter.
He said in a country this small it was dif-
ficult for people not to know each other but
denied using his professional relationship
with Hosein to influence the matter. He said
the only time he discussed the matter with
Hosein was when he sent the letter demand-
ing that the matter be expedited.
"And if people believe there is an attempt
to influence him, or influence him let them
believe that... let them go to court and knock
down the decision," he said.
Asked about former deputy commission
chairman Justice Sebastian Ventour's criticism
of the commission's statement on the ter-
mination of the probe, Khan said: "If he dis-
agreed and he walked out of the meeting
that is his business. If he wants to believe
that they should follow his way on thinking
that is his business."
Khan: No Emailgate pressure on Hosein
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