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Opposition leader Kamla Persad-
Bissessar is wishing her opponents Vasant
Bharath and Dr Roodal Moonilal good
luck in their attempt to remove her from
the helm of the party s leadership.
Both men, who are long-standing United
National Congress members, are contesting
for the political leader post in the UNC s
December 5 internal elections.
Speaking briefly to reporters during
Divali celebrations at her Siparia con-
stituency office on Saturday night, Per-
sad-Bissessar shied away from comment-
ing on the three-way race.
Asked if she was surprised that Bharath
had thrown his hat in the ring, however,
Persad-Bissessar said: "I wish them luck.
I can say more but not now, maybe after
Divali. This is not the place to speak about
Her annual celebrations were not as well
attended as in previous years. Most of the
reserved seats at the front of the stage
remained empty, as none of her elected
Parliamentary colleagues attended the cel-
Dressed in a red and gold sari, Persad-
Bissessar and her niece Lisa Harry per-
formed puja for an hour before she walked
over to her guests and distributed parsad.
Princes Town MP Barry Padarath, who
is supporting Persad-Bissessar in the elec-
tions said, he had his own constituency
celebrations on Saturday night but planned
to attend Persad-Bissessar s celebrations
Fyzabad MP Lackram Bodoe, who has
also thrown his support behind Persad-
Bissessar, said he could not attend the cel-
ebrations in Penal as he was hosting his
own light-up in Fyzabad.
"I am quite pleased that the internal
elections has been called.
"The current political leader at this time
is the right person to be given the role to
continue to restructure the party," Bodoe
"Based on her previous achievements
and potential to carry the party forward,
as well as her ability to embrace and
enhance leadership, I am supporting her
at this point in time."
Bharath confirmed his decision to con-
test on Sunday after a final meeting with
his slate, which includes UNC San
Juan/Barataria MP Fuad Khan.
Several East-West corridor UNC units
are also supporting Bharath.
Khan said Bharath s supporters included
MPs Ramona Ramdial, Rudy Indarsingh,
Bhoe Tewarie and ex-UNC ministers Brent
Sancho, Stacy Roopnarine, Steven Cadiz,
Garvin Nicholas and Jairam Seemungal.
Sources said Persad-Bissessar has sup-
port from Padarath, Bodoe, Suruj Ram-
bachan, Rodney Charles, Rushton Paray
and David Lee.
Moonilal s supporters include MP Tim
Gopeesingh, who will contest the chair-
manship on his slate, Gerry Yetming, ex-
CNMG CEO Ken Ali, former Office of the
Prime Minister aide Francis Joseph and
Police are yet to charge the 36-year-old labourer
captured brutally assaulting his 26-year-old girl-
friend at a bar in Arima last week.
The suspect, an employee of the Customs and
Excise Board, remained detained at the Arouca Police
Station up to late yesterday as investigators attempted
to wrap up their investigation against him.
Police sources said investigators were having dif-
ficulty in charging the suspect as the victim, who
has a nine-year-old son with him, has repeatedly
refused to give a statement on the incident or be
However, investigators were said to be consulting
with the T&T Police Service s legal department and
the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP) to determine if the man could be charged with-
out the victim s evidence.
The T&T Guardian understands that the victim,
who lives at the suspect s home with their child and
his mother, visited the station on Saturday to deliver
food and clothing for her alleged attacker.
Contacted yesterday, the suspect s attorney, Fareed
Ali, confirmed that his client had not been charged
and called on investigators to act quickly as his client
had been in custody for over 48 hours.
"It has already been 48-plus hours my client has
been in custody and the discomfort of a cell and its
environs is frustrating for a humble man of simple
means," Ali said.
Ali described the public s reaction to a video of
the incident being circulated on social networking
site Facebook as exaggerated and a "storm inside a
"Public perception seems to be ruling the inves-
tigation, so they (police) may be pressured to do
something. This woman has not given a statement,
how can a charge for bodily harm be proffered against
my client?" Ali said.
The attack allegedly took place last Thursday after-
noon while the woman was liming with friends at
Nella s Sports Bar along the Arima Old Road, Arima.
In the 49-second clip captured by the bar s CCTV
camera and later shared on social media, the suspect
is seen attacking the seated victim with a metal
object. After the victim collapsed on the floor, the
man is seen kicking her repeatedly. The suspect sur-
rendered to police in the company of the victim the
Investigations are continuing.
The T&T public now has under 72 hours to
dream up new numbers for Wednesday s Lotto
That jackpot is now set at a continuing record
$34 million after it rolled on Saturday night
because no one chose the winning numbers of
2, 7, 8, 14, 28 and the powerball 2.
United National Congress Senator Vasant Bharath, right, enjoys a pepper roti while chatting with supporters Rishi Tripathi, left, and
Shane Mohammed at the Divali Nagar on Saturday night. PHOTO: VINDRA GOPAUL-BOODAN
No charge yet
for man accused
of bar room attack
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