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As police continue to investigate
the disappearance of mas designer
Kirby Mohammed, his family is being
threatened to pay up or be killed.
Mohammed's mother, Linda
Mohammed, said people have been
calling and sending text messages to
family members, stating if they did
not send large sums of United States
dollars, via wire transfer, their business
would be burned and they would be
She said the text messages have
since been passed on to the police.
Saturday will make it four months
since Mohammed, 42, a director at his
family's Trinzuela Technical and Voca-
tional College, San Fernando, and cre-
ative decorator of his company Ruffles
& Bows went missing.
A report stated he was last seen on
February 28 when he dropped off food
at his home at St Joseph Village.
He told his mother he was heading
to Port-of-Spain to buy costume mate-
rial and would return for them to attend
a comedy show at the Naparima Bowl
When WhatsApp and text messages
went unanswered and calls to his
mobile phone went to voicemail, a
report was made to San Fernando
"I grieve for my son's return and
each day is like another nightmare to
His mother said: "Prayers and faith
in God is what gives me the courage
and strength to continue without Kirby
who is my sole companion, day after
day, since the death of his father 12
"Why was he suddenly targeted and
abducted or kidnapped? Was it envy,
jealousy or just greed for money?
"Kirby worshipped in three reli-
gions---Hindu, Muslim and Christian
faiths---and we are confident that all
the spiritual forces will reveal his
whereabouts as his family and friends,
locally and internationally, continue
to pray for answers."
According to Linda, an eyewitness
said she saw Mohammed speaking to
a man and woman near their Chacon
Street, San Fernando, college, following
which they all entered Mohammed's
white Nissan AD wagon and drove off.
Up to this day, the wagon, registered
PDC 5152, has not been recovered
although there were reports that it was
seen driving through Maloney and sev-
eral communities in east Trinidad.
Checks of Mohammed's bank
account showed that $8,700 was with-
drawn from an RBC ATM in Arima on
the evening he disappeared.
A check of his Facebook account
showed conversations with a close
friend on February 26 and 27 of some-
one asking him for a large sum of
money borrowed to pay bills but he
Police also interviewed a couple, but
they were released shortly after.
There were reports that Mohammed
was killed and his body dumped in
Maracas but the body found was not
his.Investigators said yesterday the case
was still ongoing despite there being
no new leads and appealed to any one
with confidential information to con-
tact Insp Don Gajadhar, Sgt Dale Ram-
roop or PC Barry Bacchus of the San
Fernando CID at 652-2564 or the Anti
Kidnapping Unit at 679-3165.
"I will never ever give up on search-
ing for my son, who I am sure would
never voluntarily walk away or give up
on me or his brothers.
"I will continue to kneel and pray
each day and be positive that he is still
somewhere out there and that the good
Lord will soon guide and lead us to
the whole truth," his mother said.
Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal has written to chair-
man of The Council for Respon-
sible Political Behaviour Dr
Bishnu Ragoonath asking him
to condemn and reject a posting
on social media which credits
him with owning a palatial
home under construction in the
upscale residential area in Gulf
View, south Trinidad.
The council is charged with
monitoring the content of the
election campaign to ensure there
is integrity and responsibility on
the part of the campaigners.
In the letter, dated June 24,
Moonilal said the allegation was
scurrilous and blatantly false.
He said what was particular
grievous, "is that the scandalous
accusation is being systematically
perpetuated, including being
mischievously repeated on the
Facebook page of a prominent
member of the PNM Opposition
who has also been selected as a
candidate to represent that party."
The video was sent to the
Facebook page of former PNM
senator, attorney Fitzgerald
Hinds, who is a candidate for the
"The posting is lurid, with a
hysterical female voice describing
the property as palatious' with
an insinuation suggesting that a
vast sum of money was being
spent on the construction to my
benefit," Moonilal said
He stated unequivocally "that
the property is not mine. It is
not being built for me and I have
absolutely no interest whatsoever
in the property.
"In fact the charge of this
ownership is similar to earlier
accusations, also patently false,
that I was building or someone
was building for me, another
substantial house in the Penal
area and further that I owned a
shopping mall in Holland," he
He said the post has brought
ridicule to the prominent Muslim
family and also posed a risk to
their welfare and safety.
Just over a month---two fisher-
men Sean Madhoo, 28, and Vishal
Ramlochan, 25, of Bamboo Village
No 1 Valsayn---remain in the hands
of their alleged kidnappers.
A total of US$30,000 ransom
has been allegedly demanded for
their safe return.
The T&T Guardian understands
US$10,000 has already been paid
to the alleged kidnappers.
Ramlochan's relatives have been
contacted by the alleged kidnappers,
who spoke English with Spanish
accents, demanding they pay
US$20,000 for his safe release.
It is believed that the people
responsible for the alleged kidnap-
pings speak fluent Spanish and bro-
ken English and are allegedly con-
nected to Trinidadians.
Family members claim they don't
have that sum of money.
They have also been threatened
not to go to the police, Crime Watch
or any other media, otherwise both
Madhoo and Ramlochan would be
killed. Up to yesterday, both men
were yet to be released to their
On Thursday night, CNC3's
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne high-
lighted the incident and said he
had launched an investigation into
the circumstances surrounding the
A report said on May 26, Mad-
hoo and Ramlochan left the dock
at Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain, about
7.30 pm on a 28-foot pirogue,
named "Corruption", to fish in the
Gulf of Paria.
Ramlochan was contacted up
until 10 pm that same night and
reportedly told one of his relatives
that they were yet to pick up the
fishing lines and would return
onshore at Sea Lots by 11 am the
following morning (May 27).
However, a call to his phone at
about 11 am on May 27, 2015, went
straight to voicemail.
Relatives reportedly made a
report to the St Joseph Police Sta-
tion, the Anti-Kidnapping Squad
(AKS) and the Coast Guard
The last contact was made to
Ramlochan's relatives last week
Thursday and one of the alleged
kidnappers, who sounded like a
Trinidadian, asked for relatives to
meet them at a mall in Port-of-
Spain that same day at about 4 pm
to hand over the alleged ransom
money. However, no such meeting
Coast Guard communications
officer, Lt Kirk Jean-Baptiste, said
yesterday said he was not familiar
with the incident.
Moonilal to Behaviour Council:
$10,000 paid but 'kidnapped' 2 still missing
Extortion threats for
family of missing man
Four months after disappearance
gas tank on
his bike as
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