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In the face of death threats and
physical attacks on prisons offi-
cers, Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal says within the next three
weeks he intends to take to Cabinet
a proposal to establish a committee
to deal specifically with housing
for members of the protective
Moonilal made the comments
during a press conference held at
the ministry s office at South Quay
in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
He said the committee would be
a collaboration between Justice Min-
ister Prakash Ramadhar and himself.
The conference was held shortly
before yesterday s jailbreak.
"We intend to collaborate to
establish a technical and stakeholder
committee to be charged with the
undertaking of a policy review of
housing for the protective services.
We anticipate going to Cabinet in
the short term to look at specifically
housing for the protective servic-
"We are looking at what is akin
to other countries where you may
look at zones for protective services
officers...specific housing estates
designed for members of the pro-
tective services with a different level
of security, a different type of infra-
structure and design. We are looking
to get the required persons on board
in about two weeks and in about
three weeks to go to Cabinet to
approve such a policy," Moonilal
He said in some countries there
were "militarised housing estates
for members of the military."
The housing minister said he was
pleased with the positive response
from the Prison Officers Association
(POA) regarding the proposal,
adding that it could also do its part
by raising capital to provide support
for such programmes.
"So that we could really have a
joint venture partnership between
the Government and the stakeholder
associations," Moonilal said.
Saying that he remained con-
cerned about issues raised by the
association, Moonilal gave the assur-
ance that both long-term and
short-term solutions would be
He said between May 2010, when
the People s Partnership Govern-
ment assumed office, and July 2015
some 681 law enforcement officials
received houses including those
from the Coast Guard, Defence
Force, Prisons and Police Service.
Also present was president of the
POA Ceron Richards who said given
the grave situation prisons officers
faced daily, yesterday s discussion
was heartening. He said the asso-
ciation was awaiting a speedy
response, adding that a number of
officers lived in "terrifying com-
Man framed for chopping gets $1m compensation
The State has been ordered to
pay over a million dollars in com-
pensation to a metal fabricator
who was framed for chopping
three women in Arima in 2002.
In an oral judgment delivered in
the Port-of-Spain High Court this
week, Justice Nadia Kangaloo ruled
that 47-year-old Anthony Zeek
James, of Victory Street, Arima,
was maliciously prosecuted by
police for a crime he did not com-
She awarded James $900,000
for the embarrassment he suffered
after being charged with the crimes,
as well as for the five years he spent
on remand before he was eventually
freed of the charge.
James compensation was boost-
ed by $280,000 in interest on the
damages awarded by Kangaloo.
According to his lawsuit, James
was arrested by police who raided
his home on March 26, 2002.
James claimed that although the
police admitted they did not have
a search warrant or arrest warrant
they ransacked his home and took
him into custody.
He said he was taken to the police
station where he was informed that
he was a suspect in the chopping
of sisters Lorissa and Lauren
Sutherland and their friend Debra
Alleyne, who were attacked by an
armed intruder to their Samaroo
Village, Arima, home, months ear-
"I was so embarrassed at what
was taking place and kept wonder-
ing whether this was a mistake or
even a joke," James said in his wit-
James said he was detained in a
dirty cell for several days before he
was eventually placed on an iden-
James said when he was placed
in the parade he noticed that all
the other men were of different
races and build. He indicated that
although the victims of the chop-
ping incident claimed that their
attacker was masked, he (James)
and the other participants were not
masked during the identification
"I knew from watching identifi-
cation parades on television that
all the persons in the parade were
supposed to be in the same clothes
and of the same race and as a result
I asked the police officers to be
given long pants that had been
brought to the police station by my
then common law wife but this was
refused," James said.
James was eventually pointed out
by one of the victims and was
charged with the crime, even
though he was able to provide an
alibi to police---he had been hos-
pitalised with food poisoning at the
time of the chopping. He was freed
five years later after a High Court
Judge ruled in his favour in a no-
case submission during his trial.
James was represented by Kent
Samlal and Abdel Mohammed,
while the State was represented by
Rajiv Chaitoo, Neil Byam and Brent
Special housing for
Moonilal meets with Prison Association
A police outrider escorting the acting President Raziah Ahmed was injured in
a crash at Claude Noel Highway, Tobago, yesterday.
The officer, identified as PC Curtis Lovelace, was expected to be flown to
Trinidad last night for treatment.
Lovelace collided with a truck and broke his right leg. One of his arms was
also broken in two places. PHOTO: CASANDRA THOMPSON-FORBES
OFFICER INJURED IN TOBAGO CRASH
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