Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 30th 2015 Contents EXPRESSION
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The clergy is now obligated to
call for the bloodshed to end in
the wake of an increase in gun
violence, a Roman Catholic priest
The statement was made by Fr
Carl Williams of the Holy Trinity
Cathedral, Port-of-Spain, as some
46 families gathered for a special
Mass in honour of their loved ones
whose lives were snuffed out by
gun violence. It was titled National
Vigil to End Crime and Gun Vio-
lence on the Feast of St Michael
and All the Angels.
"The church came from the
community and therefore it is
important to give love and show
concern. A lot of them (families
of victims) are still hurting...to
have your loved ones cut down by
gunfire," Williams said, adding that
just last week he had officiated
over the funeral of a 22-year-old
man killed by gun violence.
He said recently the live of one
of his practitioners was also snuffed
out by gunfire.
"The church has to respond and
we have to give them hope and
have peace in their hearts.
"When I begin to see the
increase in gun violence we have
to do something. Instead of pulling
the trigger, be an electrician or a
doctor," Williams appealed.
Acknowledging that violent
crime was sweeping the country,
Williams also appealed to the youth
to condemn all forms of violence
and give their lives to God.
The family of Tranquility stu-
dent, Yakini Charles, who was
gunned down in Belmont on his
way home from school earlier this
month, attended yesterday s Mass.
They wore white T-shirts with a
photo of him on the front.
Charles grandmother said the
family was still trying to cope with
the boy s death.
"We are trying but it is very
hard. There is too much violence
in this place...so many crimes. I
don t think no justice could bring
him back. The only justice is from
God," Lucille Layne said, wiping
away tears. She also begged that
there be no more reprisal killings,
saying this would further perpet-
uate the slayings.
She maintained Charles was not
involved in illegal activities. Mem-
bers of the Inter-Agency Task Force
were also present but acting Com-
missioner of Police Stephen
Williams, who was initially expect-
ed to attend, cancelled at the last
minute due to a personal matter.
During the service the church s
bell was rung 41 times, represent-
ing this country s constituencies.
Candles were also lit along the
aisle by those families affected by
Former attorney general Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj yesterday joined
the list of people condemning United
National Congress attorneys for serv-
ing an election petition to Attorney
General Faris Al-Rawi during a funeral
service at St Paul s Anglican Church,
San Fernando, last Friday.
Maharaj said the serving of an elec-
tion petition "on an attorney general
in the precincts of a church at a funeral
is unheard of, when it is known that
the minister can be served at his office
or any other place."
He said notwithstanding that, the
law provided for not only personal serv-
ice of the petition but "substituted
service, service through the post and
there can be other means of service."
He made the comment in response
to Monday s public defence of the inci-
dent by lead attorney for the UNC in
the matter, Wayne Sturge, at a news
conference at his Richmond Street,
Sturge was accompanied by the bailiff
who served the document, Mark
Adams, who said he would do it again
in the same way if the same circum-
The UNC is seeking a determination
in the court against the Elections and
Boundaries Commission (EBC) for
extending the voting period in the Sep-
tember 7 general election in Trinidad
by one hour. The UNC is contending
it was put at a disadvantage in the seats
being challenged, including San Fer-
nando West, represented by Al Rawi,
Toco/Sangre Grande, St Joseph and La
Yesterday, Maharaj, who was attorney
general under the former Basdeo Pan-
day-led UNC, added: "There was no
need for the server or the petitioner to
serve this petition on the Attorney Gen-
eral in the precincts of the church.
"I think it was done in bad taste, it
does not appear to be the normal thing
to do and it is not right."
In support of his claim, Maharaj said:
"When one looks at who the person
was (the AG) no one would think that
the Attorney General would evade serv-
ice (of the petition)."
He said people who are normally
deemed to be evading service of a peti-
tion were those who could not normally
"Anybody would know that a person
who occupies a prominent office can
be easily found so there was no neces-
sity (to serve the petition in church)
and I think it was in very bad taste to
have done that," he said.
Asked to respond to a claim by Sturge
that there was a limited time to serve
the petition, Maharaj said: "There can
always be an extension of time as the
court can extend the time so I do not
buy the excuse that there was limited
He said even if there was limited
time he wanted to know what prevented
it from being served before he entered
Maharaj said the action taken by the
attorneys for the UNC in the serving
of the petition "gives the impression
that this was done deliberately to cause
an embarrassment to AG Al-Rawi."
'It was done to
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Priest calls for end to bloodshed
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