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Councillor Faaiq Mohammed yes-
terday received a $275,000 cheque
from embattled Independent Liberal
Party leader (ILP) Jack Warner.
The payment was to satisfy damages
awarded by the High Court in
Mohammed s favour, in a lawsuit he
won on July 24, 2014.
The cheque, dated June 30, 2015, was
presented to Mohammed by a repre-
sentative of Warner.
Mohammed was accused by Warner
of being corrupt and accepting a bribe
of $2.5 million from the UNC to cast
a vote for one of its candidates instead
of the ILP in the 2013 by-election.
Yesterday, Mohammed in a written
statement explained that since the judg-
ment was delivered, he had been trying
to get Warner to comply with the court
order and pay him.
Last month, Mohammed initiated
legal action to recover some $262,000
which the High Court ordered that
Warner pay him for making defamatory
Warner s attorneys, however, con-
tended that the judgment had been
"Warner recently attacked me at a
political meeting when I announced
that I had filed an application in court
to have him declared bankrupt."
Mohammed said Warner called him
an idiot and clown from Chaguanas
"Whilst I am grateful for the payment,
I am disappointed that such a wealthy
man would have taken over a year to
pay such a relatively small debt which
was caused by his own baseless, mali-
cious and outrageous attacks on my
character and integrity. No amount of
money can ever compensate me for the
damage done to my character and rep-
utation. I wanted to expose the fraud-
ulent, bold-faced and shameless char-
acter assassination that has become a
trademark of Warner s gutter politics."
Mohammed said the rushed payment
by Warner was designed to avoid levy
proceedings, which he had filed in the
High Court last week.
"That levy would have been executed
on the assets of Warner in the coming
week as my attorneys were in the
process of completing the necessary
means and assets search."
A planned walkabout in embat-
tled Enterprise, Chaguanas, by
Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
leader Jack Warner yesterday
upstaged an impromptu walkabout
in the same area by Prime Minister
Warner and his ILP supporters
walked right past the Postman
Grounds where Persad-Bissessar and
several top cops met with the res-
idents to deliver football uniforms to
the Crown Trace Football Club. The
team has a game in Orlando, Florida,
and the cost of flights and uniforms
is being offset by the Government.
Even as Persad-Bissessar began
her own walkabout moments behind
Warner and took the same path that
he did, she was met with a much
She was joined by Minister of
National Security, retired brigadier
general Carl Alfonso; acting Com-
missioner of Police Stephen Williams;
Chief of Defence Staff Major General
Kenrick Maharaj; Central Division
Snr Supt Johnny Abraham; and a
20-vehicle convoy. She was also
accompanied by Chaguanas Mayor
Gopaul Boodhan and MP for the area,
Warner was welcomed and
cheered while very few people came
forward to meet Persad-Bissessar
The Sunday Guardian spoke with
several residents, all of whom declined
to allow photographs or give their
"Walking around now not helping
we when we belly burning when the
night come eh sister. People want
jobs, people want to eat, drink and
all they doing is talk," one man said.
When asked why Warner was wel-
comed while Persad-Bissessar was
given a colder reception, he said they
were "accustomed seeing Warner in
the back here."
"We always seeing Warner, he was
here a few times already just this
week," he said.
Another man refused to speak to
the media but stood some distance
away saying that the area remained
neglected for years. When
approached by Cadiz he kept stepping
back, telling Cadiz that he didn t
know him and should leave him
alone. "We never seen him in the
back here," one man said.
Another said that they needed jobs,
income, food and help in the Enter-
Warner has met quietly with sev-
eral of the alleged gang leaders in the
area over the past week and said that
Persad-Bissessar was making the
crime situation "political."
"It s only on election time we see-
ing them," Warner said. "We didn t
tell anyone that we visit the area, we
tell no one that we talk with the men
in the various sections."
Warner pays $.2m to settle Faaiq lawsuit
Jack upstages Kamla on Central walkabouts
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"Based on intelligence gathered
over the past couple weeks, the team
went into action this morning (yes-
terday morning) at 4 am and made
the four arrests," Abraham said.
"We arrested the four main play-
ers who were causing havoc in the
Central area," he said.
Abraham said the men were also
arrested in connection with more
than ten shootings in the area, while
one of them had also been under
surveillance by the Criminal Gang
"Those arrests will quiet it down
now," Abraham said.
Williams, who addressed the
small gathering, said the continued
joint effort by the sections of the
protective services would allow the
people in Enterprise to "enjoy life
"Walking and working hand in
hand we surely can get that position
that you are seeking out: peace and
tranquility within your community,"
Maharaj also added his vote of
confidence that all would revert to
peace in the Enterprise area. He said
there were four objectives that the
joint effort of the protective services
aimed to achieve.
"One is the joint patrols with the
police service, second is the con-
fidence in patrols by the military,
thirdly an engagement with the
community in hearts and minds to
ensure that we can have a full inte-
gration with the Enterprise com-
munity that we build and rebuild
and strengthen confidence and trust
in the Defence Force and the Police
Service," Maharaj said.
The Sunday Guardian learned
that one of the men arrested is relat-
ed to Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis and
is known as a "leader" in the com-
munity, while the others are new
to the Central area, coming from
John John, Port-of-Spain.
John John men held in Enterprise
ILP leader Jack Warner greets a resident of Enterprise, Chaguanas, during
his walkabout yesterday. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
A Muslim woman carries her baby along Postman Road, Enterprise,
Chaguanas, as members of the T&T Defence Force set up camp in the area.
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