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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 21ST JULY, 2015
Nine members of the Jamaat-al-Mus-
limeen, including leader Yasin Abu Bakr,
spent a second night in police custody
yesterday following their detention for
questioning in the murder investigation
of former Independent Senator Dana
After being criticised for delaying the
interrogation process after the arrests of
the suspects during a well co-ordinated
operation on Monday, Homicide detec-
tives reportedly stepped up their inves-
The T&T Guardian understands Bakr
was questioned for over two hours at the
Central Police Station, St Vincent Street,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday afternoon.
He reportedly stopped the interview
after investigators had failed to question
him on any issue related to Seetahal after
almost two hours.
Scores of his supporters gathered out-
side the station from early yesterday
morning and had not dispersed up to
late yesterday as they held on to the hope
their leader would be released after police
had completed the interview.
The T&T Guardian also was reliably
informed that reputed gang leader Rajaee
Ali and his brother, Ishmael, were taken
from their cells at the Maximum Security
Prison, Arouca, and taken to the Arouca
Police Station where they were cautioned
by police in relation to Seetahal s murder.
Both men were told they were being
treated as suspects, advised of their legal
rights and privileges and asked if they
wished to make an official statement on
The T&T Guardian could not confirm
if or what response was given by the sib-
lings, who have been in remand since
they were charged with conspiring to
murder radio announcer Kevaughn
"Lurbz" Savory in December last year.
They were returned to the prison after
they were cautioned.
The siblings older brother, Hamid,
their father, Hassan, and one of Rajaee s
wives, Stacy Griffith, are among the
Jamaat members who were detained by
police on Monday.
The other detainees identified by the
organisation are brothers Stephen and
Devon Cummings, Ricardo Stewart,
Keston Seales and Deon Peters. Most of
the detainees have been told they are
suspects in the crime, although police
are not expected to quiz them all.
All except Bakr are members of the
Jamaat s Carapo outpost, which is oper-
ated by the Ali family.
CNC3 keen to join
leaders' debate fray
Guardian Media Limited s CNC3 has expressed
an interest in being part of the Caribbean New
Media Group s (CNMG) Leaders Debate being
presented on July 30, CNMG chief executive officer
Ken Ali confirmed yesterday.
CNMG is working on staging a Leaders Debate
after the T&T Debates Commission s initial July 30
debate fell through. Ali also said on Monday that
TV6 had expressed an interest in participating in
the debate once there were guarantees it would be
held to the highest journalistic principles. He said
he had given that undertaking.
Ali said he spoke to interim GML managing direc-
tor Grenfell Kissoon on Monday evening and Kissoon
also expressed interest on behalf of CNC3 for par-
ticipation. In an email to Kissoon, Ali said the Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had consented in
writing to a debate on July 30 at CNMG but there
had been no response to date from Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley. (See Page A5)
He said CNMG s proposal was for a debate to
be moderated by the hosts of the three morning
television talk programmes and that CNMG would
"simply provide the facilities to host the event" and
a "clean feed will be provided to the entire electronic
media industry." In an email response to Ali, Kissoon
said CNC3 would be willing to participate in the
debate under the following conditions:
1 In keeping with your proposal in your letter of
July 15, that the debate will be a project of the local
media industry, and not CNMG.
2 That we will have a meeting of the participating
media houses to decide upon the rules governing
the debate, the moderators and the mechanics.
Kissoon added: "We understand the importance
and value of the proposed national debate and our
own responsibility as a significant media operator
in this regard. "However, a primary consideration
of our participation will be the preservation of our
integrity as an independent media company." Kissoon
also proposed that the T&T Debates Commission
be part of Ali s proposed meeting with the interested
Bakr spends 2nd
night in detention
Rajaee Ali, sibling cautioned in Dana case...
Son of Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr, Fuad, left, leads member of the Jamaat
in prayer outside the National Library, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. The Jamaat members kept a
vigil there, just opposite to the Central Police Station where Bakr remained detained for a
second day. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR MONTHS OF INVESTIGATION
A police source close to the investigation
yesterday claimed the latest development was the
result of months of investigation from detectives of
the Homicide Bureau and the Criminal Gang and
Intelligence Unit (CGIU), the office of the Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP) and several other local and
foreign law enforcement agencies.
The source said the investigation had reached its
climax and those found responsible for the crime
would be charged by the end of the week. Seetahal
was shot dead behind the wheel of her SUV as she
made her way home after a night at a casino in
Woodbrook on May 4. She was ambushed by
gunmen as she drove along Hamilton Holder Street.
In 2012, she prosecuted Bakr for sedition but he won
a retrial after the jury could not come to a unanimous
verdict for the 74-year-old. She also supervised the
sale of ten of Bakr's properties in 2010 to recoup
over $32 million in damage to State property during
the 1990 attempted coup. Some of the properties
were repurchased by Bakr's family at an auction.
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