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The family of former
and founding member
of the People s Nation-
Mohammed said yes-
"treated very well"
during his three-week
stay at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
for a recurring urinary tract problem.
Radio announcer Rafi Mohammed, who is the
son of the former minister, was responding to a
public statement issued by former health minister
Dr Fuad Khan.
Khan, the MP for San Juan/Barataria, claimed
Mohammed, a former ambassador to Caricom, was
denied the services of an ambulance to take him
home to Mohammedville, Aranguez. Khan said the
denial of such a service to Mohammed was unfor-
tunate and sad.
"During his discharge from the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex at Mt. Hope, a request
was made by both Mr. Mohammed's family and
the staff at the hospital for an ambulance to transport
him to his home, due to the severity of his condition,
coupled with the unavailability of a vehicle to suf-
ficiently comfort him during the journey," Khan
"While it is common protocol for persons dis-
charged from the hospital to arrange their own
transportation, exceptions are also made in critical
cases such as Mr Mohammed's," he said.
Khan said it was "disheartening" to be told that
"after numerous requests were made to the man-
agement of the hospital he was eventually denied
the courtesy and was subsequently transported in
the cramped back seat of a private vehicle."
Khan noted that the hospital was constructed
during the period when Mohammed was a cabinet
minister of a PNM Government.
Khan said that the responsibility for a patient did
not end at the time of discharge, but should continue
for as long as the patient required it.
But Mohammed's son, Rafi, said his father had
called his brother, Nazim, to take his father home
because no ambulance was available.
Mohammed said his father was brought home
on Tuesday in good condition and slept well at
home. Mohammed said there was no indication of
any discomfort or inconvenience caused to his 88-
year-old father. Mohammed was resting comfortably
at his home yesterday.
Sources say the Mohammed family was upset
over the latest development, saying people were
playing politics with the health issue.
It was the second time in recent months
Mohammed was hospitalised for the same prob-
JENSEN LA VENDE
After seven months of
challenging his extradition,
a 52-year-old national was
ordered to be sent to Canada
by Chief Magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar on Tuesday.
Septimus Neverson faces 54
charges including murder,
home invasion and kidnap-
Neverson, also known as
Christopher David Munroe,
Richard Murphy and Septimus
Samuel, is wanted for mur-
dering 61-year-old teacher
Jacques Senecal, who was shot
dead during a home invasion
on July 20, 2006, at his Ste
Dorothee home; attempting
to murder businessman Frank
Dike Nwagbara during a home
invasion at his La Salle home
on July 16, 2006; two other
counts of attempted murder;
four counts of kidnapping; six
counts of attempted robbery;
13 counts of breaking and
entering a dwelling house for
unlawful purposes; and 27
counts of robbery.
The offences are alleged to
have occurred over the period
May 4 to July 20, 2006.
Neverson was deported
from Canada in 2010 after
spending 14 years in jail for a
March 20, 1987, murder. Nev-
erson spent 11 of the 14 years
facing three trials. On the final
trial in 1998, he pleaded guilty
to manslaughter and was sen-
tenced to three years in jail.
Neverson was arrested on
February 25, at Prince Street,
Port-of-Spain, while walking
along the roadway. There was
a Canadian $25,000 reward
for his recapture.
for sick Kamal
Fuad knocks health service
Police yesterday identified Gre-
gory Lee Foon as the man who
was found on Tuesday tied to a
Trinmar offshore platform with
several concrete blocks attached
to his feet.
Police investigators said they
now believed his mafia-style killing
was linked to the loss of a mil-
lion-dollar cocaine shipment.
The T&T Guardian understands
that due to the decomposed state
op Lee Foon's body, relatives were
only able to identify him through
a piece of steel that was placed in
his hip following surgery after a
An autopsy done by Dr
Hughvon des Vignes at the Foren-
sic Science Centre, St James, yes-
terday confirmed he died from a
gunshot wound to the back of the
Investigators said Lee Foon, 32,
of Merrimac Road, Vessigny Vil-
lage, La Brea, was reported missing
over a week ago by his parents.
He was last seen on October 17,
wearing a cream T-shirt and a pair
of brown three- quarter pants and
had a small box with five keys in
his pocket. Crime scene investi-
gators recovered the box of keys
and the key to his Toyota Corolla
sedan but up to yesterday the car
could not be found.
Investigators said he was heavily
involved in the drug trade and
suspected he could be one of sev-
eral people who were killed over
shipment of cocaine that went
missing some months ago. They
said he was also imprisoned in
Venezuela on drug-related crimes
a few years ago.
According to reports,
Petrotrin's Insp Samuel and other
officers were aboard the passen-
ger vessel Swift around 11.14 am
when they saw Lee Foon's body
floating face down near Platform
11 in Trinmar's Main Field in the
Gulf of Paria.
The body appeared to be
hooked onto the platform with
three concrete blocks tied to his
Samuel contacted Point Fortin
police and acting Sgt Corrie and
other officers went the Trinmar
base at Clifton Hill where mem-
bers of the T&T Coast Guard had
taken the body to land.
The officers and district medical
officer Dr Ameeral examined the
body and observed the gunshot
wound at the back of the head.
Ag Sgt Cuffie of the Region Three
Homicide Bureau is continuing
Drug link in offshore murder
Chief Executive Officer of
Caribbean Airlines (CAL)
Michael DiLollo has quit after
just 17 months on the job.
The 48-year-old Canadian
national, citing personal reasons,
resigned with immediate effect.
His resignation has been accepted
by the state-owned airline's board
CAL staff were informed of
the resignation via a memo from
the airline's chairman Phillip
Marshall who also announced
that chief financial officer Tyrone
Tang will act as CEO until a per-
manent replacement is found.
DiLollo was appointed CAL
CEO in May 2014 following the
sudden resignation of Robert
Corbie in September 2013.
In an interview with T&T
Guardian earlier this month,
DiLollo said CAL did not need a
bailout just yet. He said the airline
had benefited from extremely
patient shareholders for years and
he believed the airline was strate-
gically positioned to break even
in three years.
In early February, then finance
minister Larry Howai told Par-
liament that unaudited accounts
for 2014 showed the airline made
a loss of US$60 million, inclusive
of its Air Jamaica operations, and
the airline planned to break even
Howai had also told the Par-
liament that a five-year strategic
plan had been completed and
was in the process of being
approved for implementation.
It outlined the transformation
of the business model through
reassessment of the product,
including fleet and network plan-
ning, revenue management, pric-
ing and customer service.
Speaking to members of the
media, in early October, DiLollo
was confident, giving no hint of
any issues affecting his term of
"When I look at the invest-
ment that has been afforded to
the airline and compare that with
my experience in the private sec-
tor, it is absolutely astounding.
"All of the shareholders, what-
ever the political affiliation, have
been extremely patient and
extremely committed to this air-
line over the years."
DiLollo, a pilot, said then he
was ready to land the airline in
a break-even financial position
and that the airline was "well on
our way, very well on our way to
achieving that target."
In November 2014, Parliament
was informed that DiLollo was
being paid a US$33,000
(TT$211,000) monthly compen-
Then prime minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar defended the
sum saying this was in keeping
with salaries paid to former CEOs
and was necessary to acquire that
level of expertise.
Persad-Bissessar said then that
DiLollo received a salary of
US$28,000 and a housing
allowance of US$5,000. He also
received a travelling allowance of
Former government ministers
Vasant Bharath and Howai had
also defended DiLollo's salary,
saying it was comparable to
salaries paid to former CAL
CAL CEO quits
Meanwhile, Petrotrin police
rescued four fishermen who
were found floating off the
coast of La Brea yesterday
According to reports, the
men had left Carli Bay on
Tuesday night and while
fishing in the Gulf of Paria
their pirogue capsized and
sank. The men drifted for
hours until they were picked
up by the Trinmar vessel
around 4 am.
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