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Three senior prison officers have
been suspended from all duties from
the Port-of-Spain State Prison, Fred-
erick Street, in relation to the July
The T&T Guardian was reliably
informed that two officers---an acting
ASP with 33 years service and a PO
II with over 20 years service---were
served with their suspension letters
on Monday evening in the presence
of the Commissioner of Prisons Ster-
ling Stewart and Deputy of Commis-
sioner of Prisons William Alexander.
The third guard was served yester-
The trio will have to await word
from the Public Service Commission
to find out if they will be entitled to
a full salary, salary cut or no salary
during their suspension leave.
The suspension letters allegedly
stated the officers were suspended
because of failure to act promptly on
information surrounding the planned
However, according to a prisons
source, prison officers who allegedly
received the information to the actual
time of the escape taking place, all
happened within five minutes.
"We, the prison officers, believe the
suspension of some of the officers are
being brought down because of alleged
political pressure. It is a sad day in
T&T that we have had to reach this
state," said a prison officer who wished
not to be identified.
"The level of aggression, discrim-
ination and victimisation is overbear-
ing," the officer added.
On July 24, 2015 at about 12.30 pm
Hassan Atwell, Christopher "Monster"
Selby and Allan "Scanny" Martin
pointed guns at prison officers on
duty. Martin got the keys to the front
gate which he opened for them to run
out onto Frederick Street.
PC Sherman Maynard was shot as
the escapees targeted the vehicle in
which he was sitting. He subsequently
died while undergoing emergency sur-
gery at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital. Martin was shot dead by
police on the hospital s compound.
Atwell and Selby escaped but
Atwell was gunned down on
July 25 at East Dry River, Port-
of-Spain. On July 26, Selby sur-
rendered at the Barataria Police
Selby appeared before a
Port-of-Spain magistrate on
Monday on ten charges,
including escaping lawful
custody, Maynard s murder,
committing common assault
on prison officers Kerron
Prime, Jean Marc Hernandez
and Nicholas Singh and
two for shooting at prison
officer Leon George and
Maynard s colleague
Tisean Francis with
intent to cause them
The common assault charges
allegedly arose when Selby and his
accomplices used two guns to threaten
the prison officers to make good their
Selby was also charged for possess-
ing an illegal gun, robbing a man of
a Nissan Navara, which was reportedly
initially used as a getaway vehicle
before it crashed near the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital and for robbing
the prison of two keys, valued at $140,
during the escape.
Minimum wage still to be reviewed --- McLeod News --- Page A6
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 04TH AUGUST, 2015
After July 24 jailbreak...
for 3 guards
Angel Dellion is helped by a soldier to clear a
wall on the obstacle course during the T&T
Regiment military exhibition at Woodford
Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. At the event
the First and Second Infantry Battalions
showcased the gears, equipment and some of
the artillery used during operations. The First
Engineers Battalion showcased an obstacle
course for the public to test their military
fitness and skills while the Support and
Service Battalion provided a sample of the
logistics and messing capabilities of the
Regiment. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Media Group (CNMG)
CEO Ken Ali says it is
irrelevant whether the
panellists chosen to ask
Prime Minister Kamla
tions during last
week s leadership
exchange, which was
broadcast on the
groups television sta-
tion was, paid or not.
In an interview yesterday evening, Ali seemed
baffled by the interest in whether the panellists---
former PNM councillor Isha Wells, radio announcer
Morgan Job and political analyst Derek Ram-
samooj---were given financial remuneration for
being part of the panel.
This followed news reports that each panellist
was paid $10,000.
"I don t see how that is relevant or how it would
have impacted the questions which were asked,"
Ali said in an interview.
He said the only people trying to "discredit"
the exchange were some sections of the local
media, adding he had received positive responses
from citizens both local and living abroad.
"Today I got an email from someone living in
Belgium and they were very positive about the
exercise," Ali said.
He said they were all professionals who gave
up their time to appear on the Leadership Exchange
and couldn t understand the concern over com-
Despite his comments, Ali did not confirm or
deny that the three were compensated.
on $$ for
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