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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar has wished former gov-
ernment minister Winston
"Gypsy" Peters all the best in his
The PM made the comment in
response to questions surrounding
Peters resignation from his min-
isterial post and the United National
Congress (UNC) yesterday.
When asked to comment on
Peters description of her as an
"ungrateful ingrate," Persad-Bisses-
sar said: "I haven t heard what he
said but I wish Mr Peters all the
best in his future endeavours.
"It is a democratic country and
he is entitled to his opinions. I do
not share his opinions and I think
that there are thousands out there
who don t share his opinions either.
We have freedom of speech here
in T&T and I really want to wish
him all the best in his future
She added, however, that she
was yet to receive Peters resignation
as she has been out of office all
Persad-Bissessar also replied to
questions surrounding allegations
made by Jack Warner, leader of the
Independent Liberal Party (ILP),
about a questionable relationship
with former head of the Strategic
Services Agency (SSA) Reshmi
She said she had already asked
her lawyers to deal with the issue.
"It is absolutely untrue. He
(Warner) is on his belly now. He
has lost his brain and hallucinating
at this point in time," Persad-
Earlier, Port-of-Spain had come
to a standstill at about midday as
all traffic---vehicular and pedestrian
---were halted to accommodate Per-
sad-Bissessar as she joined a walk
against violence to women and chil-
dren, titled Orange Day.
There was a heavy police pres-
ence in and around the Brian Lara
Promenade as the PM and the
group, all wearing "Orange", walked
along Independence Square, North
Persad-Bissessar, in her short
speech, said she endorsed the pro-
posals in the 2015 manifesto "A
Women s Mandate for Action",
including the implementation of a
National Gender Policy.
"We will work very hard to make
it happen along with other pro-
posals and I give you my commit-
ment," she said.
Persad-Bissessar, along with 29
women who were nominated as
candidates in the upcoming general
election from all political parties,
were acknowledged and given a
special package bearing a copy of
the manifesto and a cheque to assist
them in their respective campaigns.
The PM congratulated head of
the Network of NGOs, Hazel
Brown, and the other women who
would have worked along with her
in establishing the manifesto.
The walk was hosted by the Net-
work of NGOs of T&T for the
Advancement of Women and the
T&T Institute for Women in Lead-
Alfonso helps Alleyne
catch murder suspect
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and Minister of National
Security Carl Alfonso yesterday
assisted CNC3 s Crime Watch host
Ian Alleyne in nabbing a 23-year-
old murder suspect who was on his
way to the Piarco International Air-
Alleyne had been investigating an
incident where two San Juan men---
Darryl Ramcharitar, 39, of Don
Miguel Road and Roshad Jones, 20,
of Prizgar Road---were gunned down
on August 12 at Chandoo Lane, San
Juan. Over the two weeks, he received
critical information on the identity
of the suspect and his daily where-
abouts. Yesterday at about 1 pm,
Alleyne got word that the suspect
was heading to the airport and con-
tacted Persad-Bissessar for her assis-
tance as head of the National Security
Persad-Bissessar referred Alleyne
to Alfonso, who himself made his
way to the roundabout near the air-
port, where Alleyne and his security
personnel had already intercepted
the suspect, who was a front seat
passenger in a white vehicle.
Alfonso also arrived on the scene
and was able to take the suspect away
in his ministerial vehicle to the Piarco
Police Station, where the suspect was
handed over to officers on duty.
Alleyne commended Persad-
Bissessar and Alfonso for their timely
intervention in assisting him to
apprehend and arrest the suspect.
Alfonso also told Alleyne he was
more than happy to assist him
(Alleyne) in his crime detection work.
The suspect up to last night was
being questioned by officers of the
Investigations are continuing. (RD)
Special Branch memo leak...
Probe done, 'guilty'
cops face action
Police are now considering disci-
plinary action and possible criminal
charges for officers responsible for
the leaking of a confidential internal
memo from the Special Branch.
This was revealed by Deputy Com-
missioner of Police (DCP) Glenn Hack-
ett yesterday as he confirmed that the
internal investigation into the leak had
been completed. "I have received the
report and have handed it over to the
Assistant Commissioner of Police
(ACP) in the Professional Standards
Bureau to decide what action can be
taken," Hackett said in a telephone
interview with the T&T Guardian.
He could not say how long the ACP
would take to complete the task but
said an official announcement would
be made when he did. Acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams
ordered the investigation in late last
month after the memo, which had
called for officers of the department
to investigate a rumour of a death
threat against Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar was released to the
public and broadcast widely on social
The Special Branch correspondence,
dated July 28, claimed that members
of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen were
transporting guns throughout the
country and were planning to attack
the PM s private residence in Phillipine
and Siparia and free 11 men who have
been charged with the murder of Sen-
ior Counsel Dana Seetahal and those
charged in the Vindra Naipaul-Cool-
man murder trial.
This leak occurred four days after
the daylight escape from the Port-
of-Spain prison of Allan "Scanny"
Martin, Hassan Atwell and Christo-
pher Selby, further panicking an
already cagey public. Meanwhile, the
investigation into an alleged marijuana
find at Persad-Bissessar s private res-
idence in south Trinidad is expected
to be completed by early next week.
The T&T Guardian understands
that acting ACP Ainsley Garrick is
putting finishing touches on his report
before he submits it to Williams, who
will then make an official statement.
That investigation was launched in
June after former national security
minister and Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) leader Jack Warner alleged that
there was a cover-up into the seizure
which was made at Persad-Bissessar s
Phillipine residence on April 19, 2013.
Persad-Bissessar has denied any
wrongdoing in the matter.
PM on Gypsy's departure:
I wish him the best
ILP leader Jack Warner and Andy Johnson, right, executive director of Government's Rapid Response Current
Affairs Unit, chats among the media corp at yesterday's press conference where former community
development minister Winston "Gypsy" Peters announced his resignation from both the party and his
ministerial post at Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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