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Rajaee Ali, reputed
gang leader and murder
accused in the Dana See-
tahal, SC, case is threat-
ening to sue the Com-
missioner of Prisons
over his allegedly inhu-
mane treatment in
Ali, who has been in
remand at the Port-of-
Spain State Prison at
Frederick Street since
being charged with con-
spiring to murder a radio
announcer in December
last year, is claiming that
prison authorities have
treated him unfairly by
subjecting him to solitary
confinement at the
In a pre-action protocol
letter issued to Prisons
Stewart yesterday, which
was obtained by the T&T
Guardian, Ali s lawyer,
Gerald Ramdeen, alleged
the security measures put
in place for the former
breached both his con-
stitutional and funda-
mental human rights.
In particular, Ramdeen
is taking issue with the
fact that since his deten-
tion, Ali has not been
allowed the one hour
"airing time" afforded to
all prisoners and has been
blocked from attending
weekly prayers with his
fellow Muslim inmates.
"As the claimant is the
only prisoner made to
suffer these deplorable
conditions, one wonders
whether the actions of the
prison authorities that are
under your control are
deliberately singling out
the claimant for this type
In addition to being
denied his daily exercise
and weekly religious serv-
ice, Ramdeen also took
issue with the general
conditions in the prison
which his client had to
"The claimant com-
plains of the cell not hav-
ing any furniture, no ven-
tilation, no artificial or
natural lighting. He has
to relieve himself in a slop
pail which he himself has
to empty and clean twice
per day at the very limited
times that he is allowed
out of his cell to bathe
"The cell is infested
with rodents and insects,"
Ramdeen said as he
described the conditions
as unhealthy and inhab-
Even as US officials investigate
whether the death of a family of four
in New Jersey was a murder/suicide,
relatives of the deceased in T&T say
they don t believe Lyndon Shane Behar-
ry could have been capable of taking
the lives of his wife and children.
Beharry s sister-in-law, Cadine
Mohammed, told the T&T Guardian rel-
atives could not believe her brother-in-
law would have committed such an act,
describing him as the ultimate family
man and very loving.
Beharry, his common-law wife,
Amanda Morris, and their two children---
Brandon and Brian---were found dead in
their New Jersey home when emergency
personnel responded to reports of a fire
Relatives are waiting for autopsies on
the family to find out the cause of their
Mohammed said her sister met Behar-
ry in New Jersey about 12 years ago and
even though the two never got married,
they seemed the perfect couple to family
"Shane Beharry was the ultimate fam-
ily man. He was a most loving person,"
an emotional Mohammed said.
"Manda and Shane... when they were
in a group they would make a room light
up. They made everyone around them
"Of course, like anyone they would
have had small problems but there was
never anything to suggest something
like this would happen," she added.
Mohammed, who lives in Claxton Bay,
said she spoke to her sister and nephews
via phone almost daily but Morris never
spoke of any problems.
She added: "We are just sitting here,
listening to the news like everyone and
wondering what happened. She never
told me of anything that would have
suggested something like this. She never
sounded down and the children never
said anything either."
She said at this time relatives in T&T
could only wait for news from those
living in New Jersey.
"My parents live there too so we are
just waiting for them to tell us whatever
news they get. We are a very close-knit
family and this has shocked us all," she
Mohammed said the funerals of the
four would take place in New Jersey but
she could not say when.
Trinidadian Lyndon Shane Beharry, his
common-law wife Amanda Morris and
their two children Brandon and Brian
in an undated family photo.
A crowd of University of the
West Indies (UWI) students were
left upset and disappointed after
representatives of the People s
National Movement (PNM) and,
initially, the United National Con-
gress (UNC), blanked a "political
talks" session organised by their
Political Science Society at the St
Augustine Campus yesterday.
Planning Minister Dr Bhoe
Tewarie "turned up late and left
early," a student complained, and
they did not get to ask him enough
questions. Tewarie said he had to
wait until Cabinet meeting was over.
He gave a detailed breakdown of the
PP s manifesto, answered a couple
of questions and then asked to leave.
"I have some very important
things to do, like go in my con-
stituency and ask people to vote for
me," he said.
UWI guild vice-president, Nikolai
Edwards, son of slain prison escapee
Hassan Atwell, expressed anger as
he addressed the group of students
gathered in the auditorium of the
Learning Resource Centre.
"This is quite appalling. They are
sending a message to the youths.
Election is Monday," Edwards said,
after they had waited more than
half-an-hour after the scheduled
start for PNM and UNC represen-
tatives to arrive.
Political leaders of several of the
smaller parties, including Gary Grif-
fith of the Alliance of Independents,
Nalini Dial of the National Coalition
for Transformation, David Abdulah
of the Movement for Social Justice,
and independent candidate, Phillip
Alexander, had arrived and were
seated at the head table.
They were hoping to engage Faris
Al-Rawi, public relations officer of
the PNM, and Dr Bhoe Tewarie of
the People s Partnership Government
on their manifestos, Edwards said.
He said the two parties rushed to
have discussions with business and
other groups but were not interested
in the nation s young people.
Political scientist, Dr Bishnu
Ragoonath, head of UWI s political
science department, addressing the
students, echoed Edwards.
"I agree with the students that
the youths are not being treated
with the dignity and respect they
"You would expect that with
18,000 youths at UWI they would
be rushing down here to get their
votes," he said.
cries jail bias
Threatens to sue prisons boss
Ali, whose family operates the
Jamaat-al-Muslimeen's mosque in
Carapo, Arima, shot to fame last year
after it was revealed he was a co-
ordinator in the controversial LifeSport
In December last year, Ali and five
members of his mosque were charged
with conspiring to murder SLAM 100.5
radio announcer Kevaughn "Lurbz"
Savory. They were also slapped with
charges under the Anti-Gang Act which
precluded them from being granted
On July 27, this year, Ali was among
12 members of the mosque who were
charged for the murder of Senior
Counsel Dana Seetahal who was
assassinated in Woodbrook on May 4
Ali's younger bother, Ishmael, is
charged with both crimes while his
older brother, Hassan, is only charged
with Seetahal's murder.
Busy politicians blank UWI students forum
New Jersey tragedy...
T&T family in disbelief
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