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The Police Service Social and Welfare Association
is seeking to stop investigators from analysing its
confidential files seized by investigators probing a
cash for government houses scheme.
Lawyers representing the association appeared before
High Court Judge Carol Gobin yesterday seeking an
injunction for Fraud Squad investigators to return infor-
mation found on computers seized during a raid of the
association s headquarters at the Besson Street Police
Station on September 17.
The judge is expected to give her decision on Mon-
The association s lead lawyer, Pamela Elder, SC, first
The raid stemmed from allegations that
employees of the association were taking money
from its members in order to negotiate for Housing
Development Corporation (HDC) homes for police
officers. Investigators say at least 8,000 officers
reportedly paid $100 each to get on a preferential
list.The association's president Insp Anand Ramesar
and secretary Insp Michael Seales, who were both
in court for yesterday's hearing, have denied any
wrongdoing. Seales is on suspension for making
adverse comments during the association's salary
Police recovered the body of a man
who was reportedly swept away by
flood waters in the East Dry River,
Port-of-Spain on Thursday.
According to reports, around 3.30
pm, staff at the Port-of-Spain Port
called in the police after they saw a
body floating in the Gulf of Paria, near
the western edge of the facility.
Coast Guard officers were dispatched
to the location and within an hour they
were able to remove the body.
The man, who was dressed only a
pair of three-quarter jeans, remained
unidentified up to late yesterday.
Police said they had received a report
on Thursday that two men were swept
out to sea during the storm surge.
A search of the area by the Coast
Guard could not locate the other miss-
Police are calling on members of the
public to help them identify the body
for an autopsy to be done at the Forensic
Science Centre in St James next week.
Police began investigating the case
after they received reports of two men
being trapped in the river along Pic-
cadilly Street after heavy rainfall on
The river, the main drainage tunnel
for the capital city, is usually frequented
by drug addicts during dry weather.
Investigations are continuing.
Body found floating near PoS port
took issue with the warrant that was used by detectives.
She said the warrant required the approval of a magistrate
and not a justice of the peace (JP) owing to the serious
nature of the investigation.
She also argued that while the warrant only spoke
about the search for documents, among the items seized
were computers, hard drives and flash drives.
Elder argued that the detectives breached the procedure
used in the execution of search warrants as they failed
to take the seized items to the JP who signed off on
While she admitted that some of the items had since
been returned to her clients, she said the real complaint
was that the private and sensitive information of its
members stored on the devices was being cloned by
Elder said while the police were allowed a wide scope
when collecting evidence in their investigation, this
should not infringe on her client s obligation under the
Data Protection Act to secure its members confidential
She said her client was asking the court s registry to
take possession of the items until its substantive case
over the legality of the raid is determined.
In response, Deputy Solicitor General Neal Byam
challenged Elder s concerns as premature.
"I ll be shocked if something untoward were to
happen. There is no charge that the sensitive information
was being disseminated," Byam said.
Byam said there were issues with the warrant, but
he said these did not negate the fact that the raid was
legal and that investigators were allowed to gather evi-
dence not identified in the warrant once they had reason
to believe that the items were used in the criminal
offence under investigation.
Injunction filed against CoP
wants seized info
Police are investigating the cir-
cumstances surrounding the death
of a 37-year-old man who committed
suicide at the Chaguanas Police Sta-
tion on Thursday night.
According to reports, Ravindra
Sahadeo, of Caparo was arrested in
Carlsen Field around 10 pm on Thurs-
day, after resident complained of see-
ing him fighting in his station wagon
with a woman.
When officers of the Central Divi-
sion Task Force arrived on the scene
and separated the couple, the woman
reportedly told them that they were
in a relationship that had become
estranged and during an argument it
The woman, who had minor cuts
and bruises to her hands and face,
was taken to the Chaguanas Health
Facility for treatment while Sahadeo
was taken to the station where he was
placed in a holding cell by himself.
Police sources said when investi-
gators returned to the cell to question
him they found him dead. Sahadeo
reportedly strangled himself using his
pair of jeans by tying one end to his
neck and the other to the top of the
cell s gate.
An autopsy will be done on his body
at the Forensic Science Centre in St
James on Monday.
Prisoner hangs self
at Chaguanas station
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