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The Port-of-Spain Magistrate s
Court and environs will be extra
busy with certain high profile cases
today, which is also the 25th
anniversary of the failed 1990 coup
attempt by the Jamaat al Muslimeen.
The 11 accused in the Dana Seetahal
murder are scheduled to appear in
that court today. Several of them are
from the Jamaat's Eastern outpost,
the Al Islamia mosque.
And ILP leader Jack Warner will
also appear today in the Port-of-
Spain Magistrate's Court again on
charges stemming from the US' cor-
ruption and racketeering allegations
Warner, on bail, had appeared on
July 9 in court presided over by Chief
Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar to
address charges of corruption during
his tenure at Fifa.
On July 1, 2015, the US submitted
formal requests for Switzerland to
extradite seven Fifa officials. On May
27, 2015, Warner was indicted by US
officials on charges of racketeering,
wire fraud and money laundering,
along with 13 other people. A pro-
visional warrant was issued for Warn-
er's arrest and extradition in May.
The US' extradition request was
received by the Government last
Tuesday and Attorney General Garvin
Nicholas was examining the volu-
minous document. State sources were
unable to say yesterday if the exam-
ination was complete.
Warner has hired British QC
Edward Fitzgerald to advise his legal
defence team on the charges. He has
said he is optimistic of the case taking
Apart from the Warner case, the
11 accused in the Seetahal murder,
who appear in the Port-of-Spain
court also were charged on Saturday
with the May 4, 2014 "hit" on See-
tahal, a special state prosecutor.
She was ambushed and shot five
times---twice in the head, twice to
the forearm and once in the chest---
while returning to her One Wood-
brook Place apartment around 12.40
am. Seetahal, 59, had been turning
north on to Hamilton Holder Street,
Woodbrook, while en route home
from Mau Pau casino.
The 11 who are charged with her
murder are mainly from the Carapo
Al Islamia mosque as well as locations
in Arima, Cocorite, and Chagunas.
Three others---including Stacy Grif-
fith, one of the wives of one of the
accused---were charged with com-
mitting an act to assist a gang.
Several streets around the court
around the Central Police Station
have been barricaded since last week
Friday when three prisoners staged
a daring high noon jailbreak.
Allan "Scanny" Martin was shot
dead in a gun battle with police and
Hassan Atwell was shot yesterday in
East Dry River. Christopher "Mon-
ster" Selby was on the run yesterday
and helicopters were crossing parts
of the capital in the hunt for him.
Since unsubstantiated reports cir-
culated last Friday that two police
stations were shot at, the metal bar-
ricades were erected around several
stations around T&T, including north
Yesterday police said the barricades
will remain up until further notice,
assuring security will be "very tight"
round the city as well as the Port-
of-Spain Magistrate's Court block.
Several businesses around Edwards
Street didn't open last Saturday since
barricades were in place around the
corner of Edwards and Queen Streets.
Meanwhile, former National Secu-
rity minister Gary Griffith said the
police had been apprised of threats
to him on a video and he had noted
that the threats, which included that
the prison would be on lockdown---
had come through with last Friday's
jail break episode.
But Griffith said he had no regrets
about doing his job and would do it
all over again if he had to. He said:
"The day criminals praise government
officials, it means the officials aren't
doing their job."
On Friday July 27, 1990, members
of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen, led by
Yasin Abu Bakr stormed then Red
House, the location of the Parliament
as well as the TTT compound on
Maraval Road, taking hostages, mem-
bers of the government at the former
and TTT workers at the latter. Then
Prime Minister ANR Robinson, whom
the Jamaat shot in the knee, called
on troops to "Attack With Full Force!"
The siege lasted five days with the
Muslimeen surrendering to T&T's
military forces. Just over 30 persons
were killed in the failed coup attempt
including NAR MP Leo des Vignes
who died from injuries after being
shot. An eternal flame was erected
on the Red House Parliament grounds
to mark the failed insurrectionist bid.
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Relatives of Kerron Adams,
who was shot dead in Moruga
on Saturday night, believes he
died a hero as he fought with
bandits who shot up a vegetable
stall during a botched robbery.
Police said Adams, 18, of Gow-
ers Well Road Ext, Fyzabad was
dropping off produce in Bois Jean
Jean around 9.30 pm when two
gunmen came to rob the stall.
They said Adams began to fight
with the men and was shot in
the chest. He fell to the ground
and died as the gunmen ran off
without taking anything.
According to his sister Bridget
Stoute, customers and residents
near the stall said many of them
could have been shot if not for
Adam's bravery. Speaking at their
home yesterday, Stoute, 30, said
when her husband learned of his
death, they both went to the
scene in Moruga where he body
laid on the ground.
She said, "Last night one of
the fellas he worked with went
to where my husband works and
told him Kerron got shot. My
husband called me and told me
Kerron got shot...I left and went
Moruga one time, me and my
husband. When we reach up
there, we saw him on the ground,
he was done dead already.
"When we asked the fella he
was working with what really
went on, he said he was a hero
and he saved real lives because
two gunmen came and one was
shooting up the place. A lady
picked up a bullet in her hand.
There was a set of children
around too and he (Adams) was
on top of the van.
"When he saw that he started
to wrestle with the first one and
hit him some lash. When he hit
him some lash, he started to run,
not knowing there was a second
one (bandit) with a gun. The sec-
ond one and him started to rum-
ble and that one pulled his chain
and shot him. They think he got
it in his heart."
Stoute said Adams was a kind-
hearted person who would work
tirelessly to help people, even for
free. She said he would purchase
kites at the Marabella Market
where he sometimes worked and
gave it to the children in the area.
She said it came as no surprise
that her brother sacrificed his life
"He is like that, he doesn't like
advantage and when he saw this
man with that gun, he would not
have cared for his life. He would
have preferred to save those chil-
dren. That's how he was."
She was angry at the police,
saying that when Moruga police
were contacted, no one came.
She said someone drove to the
Moruga Police Station and made
a report, but was told " just now
they would come, right now
She said because the bandits
wore hoodies and covered their
faces with bandanas, no one
could give a description, even
though they were recorded on
Gunmen kill teen in Moruga
Sylvia Karim Carew, the stepmother of Kerron
Adams, who was killed by two armed bandits while
delivering produce to a stall at Bois Jean Jean,
Moruga on Saturday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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