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Former prime minister Basdeo Panday
says although his long time friend Jack
Warner has been indicted on several
charges in the United States, it does not
mean an end to Warner s Independent Lib-
eral Party (ILP).
In an interview Panday said, "If Jack
Warner is indicted it becomes a legal battle
now. The United States will apply for extra-
dition and it will be a long drawn out court
Asked whether the ILP would col-
lapse now that Warner was possibly
facing a 20-year jail term, Panday said,
"I don t know. It does not necessarily
mean an end because Trinidadians are very
funny people and they do all kinds of stupid
"I can t tell if this means he
will lose support. One has to wait
for the reaction of people and
Warner s own reactions."
He said Warner s indictment
on charges ranging from wire
fraud, money laundering and
obstruction of justice in relation
to his tenure as a Fifa executive
was not surprising.
"There were rumours and sug-
gestions on the papers that he was
being investigated by FBI and it
seems those rumours were true hav-
ing regard to what has happened
Panday also said he did not see the
indictment affecting readership of Warn-
er s tabloid
"People like to
They like comess,
Sunshine will still
make a contribu-
everybody has a
view and a right
to express a view,
so I suppose the
paper will be read
because anything that full of bacchanal
will be read," Panday added.
He said, however, that the indict-
ment is reflecting badly on the image
of T&T internationally.
"He served as a Minister of National
Security and Minister of Works. Any-
thing that has happened on the level
of the leadership and politics has an
Asked whether he believed that
Warner could bounce back and regain
his popularity, Panday quipped, "I
don t know how good is his ball."
He said although he and Warner
were friends, he never asked him about
the Fifa investigation.
"I will await the outcome and try
not to prejudge people. I have never
asked him because I have not been active
in the party since 2010 and no opportunity
has arisen before."
Asked whether it was a mistake to have
had Warner serve as a minister, Panday
said, "This Government has made so many
mistakes I don t know where to start. That
should be a question that Kamla (Persad-
Bissessar) should answer."
Not the end of
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JENSEN LA VENDE
Two police officers were denied bail and ordered to
120 days in jail before they can apply for bail yesterday
after they appeared in court charged with perverting
the course of public justice.
The officers were denied bail under the provisions
in the recently-assented Bail Act since they allegedly
committed the offence while in possession of their
The officers --- Constables Justin Charles and Ryan
Mahabir --- appeared before magistrate Aden Stroude
charged with soliciting $1,500 from Michael Lewis on
May 2 at St Helena Junction, Piarco, to forego a charge
of driving under the influence of alcohol.
They also are charged with concealing two evi-
dential results from a breathalyser test at the Caroni
Police Station. Mahabir faces a third charge of
making a false entry into the station diary,
claiming that Lewis was held for a loitering
offence, warned and allowed to leave the sta-
The two were granted $75,000 bail at the
Central Police Station which was revoked after
Stroude informed them their offence was one of the 14
offences under the new ammendment of Bail Act.
Before denying the men bail Stroude asked Mahabir s
attorney, Fareed Ali, to address him on bail.
Ali said his client was a serving member of the Police
Service since 2012
and was the father
of two children
that his 27-
Cunupia, had no
pending or previous
matters and was will-
ing to adhere to any
Charles, who was unrepresented, told the magistrate
he lived with his parents at Charles Avenue, Aripo. The
23-year-old said he has been a police officer since 2013
and like his co-accused had no pending or previous
matters as he was a serving member of the Police Service.
There was no objection to the men being granted bail
by court prosecutor Insp Callister Charles who wanted
conditions be attached to their bail, such as handing
over their passports and reporting to a police station
After listening to Ali and Charles on why he and
his co-accused should be granted bail Stroude left
the courtroom and returned, asking whether the
officers had in their possession their service weapons
when they allegedly committed the acts.
When he was informed in the affirmative, Stroude
asked Ali to address him on the ammendment to
the Bail Act.
After requesting time to consider the legislation,
Ali returned to court and informed Stroude that the
denial of bail should not arise as the spirit of the
law seemingly addressed those who were in illegal
possession of a gun.
He added that by virtue of their office they should
not be denied bail, given they have legal authority
to be in possession of a gun. Ali added that since
the law was only one month old he had no past
cases to refer to substantiate his claim.
"The law is ambiguous and it does not specify whether
the person is a licensed firearm user or not. The spirit
of the law does not deal with the holders of firearm
user s licence," Ali said.
Stroude disagreed, saying that the law addresses
offences and not people who may or may not be holders
of firearm users licences.
The matter was adjourned to June 1 and transferred
it to the Chaguanas Magistrates Court.
Two cops denied
bail under new Act
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