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In condemning acts of political intimidation yet
again yesterday, People s National Movement PRO
Faris Al-Rawi said that the country needs to pay close
attention to what is taking place on the homestretch
to the election.
He made the comment after a break-in at the office
of the party s candidate for Pointe-a-Pierre Neil
Mohammed, which came after the vandalism of Clarence
Rambharat s posters and banners last week.
"What is conspicuous is that the Prime Minister,
Rodney Charles and Roodal Moonilal are silent in the
face of people caught yellow handed in election violence
and grievous bodily harm.
"The PNM condemns the political vandalism and
more particularly the political violence that has greeted
T&T only upon the commencement of the UNC s elec-
tion campaign," Al-Rawi said.
A man caught driving for a second time
under the influence of alcohol over the
weekend was arrested and charged by an
off-duty cop, who had initially gone to
render assistance to him after the car he
was in ran off the road.
As he appeared before Traffic Court Mag-
istrate Sherene Murray-Bailey yesterday, Alex
Mankhan, 24, admitted to having "real drinks"
before the crash. He told the court he was sorry
and had "back slid" from church and started
smoking and drinking after abstaining for three
The magistrate said she had to balance what
he was saying with the need to protect the society.
She told him he was responsible for the lives of
those in his vehicle, including his own, and he
was lucky no one had lost their lives.
She then imposed a fine of $10,000 with the
condition that he be disqualified from holding or
obtaining a driving permit for the next three years.
He was given 14 days to pay the fine or serve an
alternative of three years simple imprisonment.
Court prosecutor Sgt Dinanath Harricharan told
the court that around 6.45 am on Saturday, an off duty
police officer was driving his private vehicle along the
M2 Ring Road, when he observed a car in front of him
run off the road. There were other occupants in the
vehicle and the officer went to their assistance, but
they told him they were all right.
As the officer began to interview the driver he got
a strong scent of alcohol and the driver admitted: "I
had real drinks last night." A breath test was done and
showed a reading of 90 microgrammes of alcohol per
100 microgrammes of breath, way over the legal limit.
The court prosecutor informed the magistrate that
Mankhan had a previous conviction in May 2011 for
failing to provide a breath specimen and was fined
Mankhan, a fabricator, told the court he was sorry.
He said he and his brother worked Sunday to Sunday
and after working the 3-11 pm shift they decided to
have some drinks.
He said they were on their way to drop off a colleague
in Debe but his brother, who was the designated driver,
also had several drinks. He also told the court that he
had attended Alcoholics Anonymous sessions in the
past and had stopped drinking for three years but had
drifted away from church, pastored by his parents, and
began to smoke and drink again.
sion (IC) chairman
Hosein is overseas
This was con-
firmed by a
Hosein s home
said he was out
of T&T on
vacation in the United States and would
The T&T Guardian had attempted
to contact Hosein following defiant
statements by People s National Move-
ment (PNM) leader Dr Keith Rowley at a meeting
in Embacadere, San Fernando, on Sunday, regarding
a written request from the Integrity Commission
to furnish it with additional details relating to his
2014 Declaration of Income, assets and liabilities.
Rowley, in an angry tone, told supporters he
didn t understand what he was being asked and
had also noted it was his wife s business he was
being asked about and he could simply say he
didn t know.
He claimed the Integrity Commission chairman
could not question his integrity since---ddressing
the chairman directly by name---the chairman "had
In signalling his intention not to meet the 14-
day deadline given, Rowley also said he was ready
to go to jail for not responding to the request, as
he was busy with election, putting the "Government
out of office."
He said the commission was giving him 14 days
to respond and if he didn t the body would publish
his name in the Gazette and then proceed to take
him to High Court.
Yesterday, the Integrity Commission registrar
Martin Farrell didn t respond to an email regarding
what the next procedure would be if Rowley did
not respond to the commission within 14 days.
Contacted by phone, the IC s secretariat stated the
registrar was on vacation and unavailable. (GA)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Justice Zainool Hosein
Stuart Young, centre, PNM's candidate for Port-of-
Spain North/St Ann's East among supporters
during the party's meeting at Embacadere,
San Fernando, on Sunday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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