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Investigations into the murders
of PC Russell Ramnarine and
UWI engineering student Avery
Keshwar in San Juan on Monday
took a slight twist yesterday,
when a senior police officer was
allegedly asked to answer why
he instructed Ramnarine to go
on an alleged sting operation
given his inexperience in the T&T
Police Service (TTPS).
The Police Social and Welfare
Association is also calling on acting
Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams to launch a probe into
Information reaching the T&T
Guardian suggests that Ramnarine
was too inexperienced to have
been despatched on such a risky
police operation in the early hours
of the morning at the location in
question, which is known for drug
According to a police source
close to the investigation, the sen-
ior officer instructed Ramnarine
to go to Aranguez with Keshwar
in a bid to retrieve some stolen
items, including a cellphone.
It is also alleged that minutes
before Ramnarine left the St
Joseph Police Station in an
unmarked vehicle, he (Ramnarine)
was told he would have met up
with officers attached to two other
elite units. However, it is alleged
that Ramnarine did not get the
According to the source, the
senior officer can be charged for
vicarious liability under Chapter
15:01 of the Police Service Act in
the officer s death.
The T&T Guardian understands
that a Glock 18 firearm was also
found in a white plastic bag
amongst some french fries in a
garage near the crime scene where
Ramnarine and Keshwar were
found dead on Monday night, as
investigators continued their
search for clues in the case.
The firearm was sent to the
Forensic Science Centre, St James,
for ballistic testing. It is believed
that it was one of the firearms
used in the double murder.
The T&T Guardian was also told
that an official from the barbecue
establishment where the men were
killed was assisting police in their
Ramnarine, who started off his
career as a Special Reserve Police
Officer about two years ago, was
absorbed into the TTPS over a
year ago. He was first attached to
the Sangre Grande Police Station
but was transferred a few months
ago to St Joseph.
Contacted on the issue yester-
day, Ramesar called on Williams
to probe the matter.
"We have to do an investigation
to say who was responsible and
the association is calling for the
Commissioner of Police to launch
an investigation into what tran-
spired at the police station he was
attached to," Ramesar said.
Ramesar said the details of
Ramnarine s duty, who gave the
instructions and what were the
dynamics of the so-called sting
operation were needed.
"The association is of the view
that there are too many questions
with this. He was still on probation
and the circumstances don t add
up to the current practices and
procedures. If he (Ramnarine) was
sent on that duty, any manage-
ment and supervisors should be
held accountable," he said.
At the University of the West
Indies St Augustus Campus yes-
terday, arrangements were
underway for a memorial service
in Keshwar s honour. He was a
first year electrical engineering
An official at UWI said Kesh-
war was not so well known but
was described as a quiet individ-
ual who was dearly loved by his
Ramnarine, 24, and Keshwar,
22, of College Road, St Augustine,
were gunned down on Monday at
Aranguez Road, Aranguez.
Reports are that Ramnarine,
along with a uniformed officer,
accompanied the victim in an
unmarked vehicle to Aranguez to
meet the suspect to retrieve the
cellphone among other items.
When the suspect observed the
uniformed officer in the vehicle,
he ran off. Ramnarine and the
other officer chased the suspect
along Williams Street, Aranguez.
However, Ramnarine eventually
gave up and returned to the car,
where Kehswar was still seated.
However, as Ramnarine was about
to enter the car both he and Avery
were shot several times.
Four people, including a
woman, remain in police custody
and are being questioned in con-
nection with the killings.
Investigations are continuing.
New twist in
Senior officer could face liability charges
A driver looks at his car after it ran off the Daisy Road, Ste Madeleine, yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
OFF THE ROAD
The recent firing of several Strate-
gic Services Agency (SSA) heads is
part of a complete restructuring of
the country s security apparatus,
National Security Minister Edmund
Dillon said yesterday.
Dillon spoke briefly on the situation
after SSA heads---Julie Brown and Ker-
ron Ganpat---were fired.
The T&T Guardian learned that two
other SSA officials, including a criminal
intelligence official and a technical
officer, have also been dismissed.
Brown figured in one of the first
furors to hit the past PP administration
in 2011 when it was reported she had
been responsible for recommending
that Reshmi Ramnarine be appointed
interim SSA director. Ramnarine was
later removed after being found to be
At that time, then Opposition Leader
(now Prime Minister) Keith Rowley
said Brown was compromised by rec-
Rowley questioned whether Brown
had anything to do with the selection
of 27 employees at the now defunct
Security Intelligence Agency (SIA) who
were fired by the then-Government.
He said those 27 workers were some
of the most highly trained persons in
the SIA. Calling for a probe of the
Ramnarine appointment, Rowley
claimed Brown "fabricated and embel-
lished the qualifications of Ramnarine,
in a conspiracy towards a deliberate
Yesterday, Dillon was mum on
whether new SSA replacement heads
and officials might include some of
the 27 SIA officials who were fired, or
members of the past PNM govern-
ment s Special Anti Crime Unit, also
disbanded by the PP.
Dillon said more information on the
situation would be revealed at a year-
end media briefing his ministry holds
tomorrow at 4pm.
This will deal with various issues in
the security sector and will feature the
acting Police Commissioner and
Defence Force heads alongside Dillon.
Opposition whip Ganga Singh is
calling on Dillon to state if the PNM
administration will be replacing fired
security sector heads with former
SAUTT or SIA members.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says
the quality of life of citizens in T&T
is in great danger and the Government
will be brutally honest with citizens
to save them from what was pending.
He also said he would address the
nation on the matter soon. Speaking at
yesterday s launch of Women s Institute
for Alternative Development (WINAD)
report of its Women s Conservations
Caravan: Making Our Voice Count, at
the Rotunda, First Citizens Bank,
Queen s Park East, Rowley said he was
disturbed about a pending situation
involving the United States with respect
to its self-imposed embargo on exporting
The PM said he took note of moves
by the Democratic and Republican par-
ties in the US to agree "to lift the embar-
go on the US to allow it to become an
exporter of hydrocarbons."
Rowley said if that was to happen
the market was going to change in a
fundamental way as commodity prices
continued to decline.
"We have always been a seller and if
one of our main markets becomes a
seller the thing would have changed,"
He said that matter was expected to
be determined in the next few days,
adding that T&T could only wait and
see the outcome as "we are not influ-
Rowley said he would await the reac-
tion of one of the world s leading oil
exporters, Saudi Arabia, on the matter.
"Do they hold the line and continue
to depress the price hoping to knock
the US out of the market to maintain
their market share or do they give in.
We don t know. We are just there being
buffeted in the wind.
"So we are required to be honest
about our circumstances and to take
the necessary steps to rectify it. And in
that context I intend to address this
nation in the near future to address this
matter about being honest about our
circumstances," he added.
The PM said the existing conditions
required that citizens adopt the right
kind of behaviour. Rowley used the doc-
tor and patient analogy to stress the
need to be honest, saying "some med-
icines require absolute honesty or your
life might depend on it."
He said citizens must be honest and
determine what they could afford under
the existing circumstances, adding they
must at least do what they can to pre-
serve "the quality of life that we enjoy
He stressed: "That quality of life is
in great danger if we don t behave prop-
erly and that is the honesty I talk about.
"As the Government, we intend to
be brutally honest with the people of
T&T to make sure we do what is going
to save us from what is pending."
Earlier, Rowley heard the executive
director of WINAD tell the launch that
the most serious problem affecting
women in T&T was violence.
Burt Rowley said: "Every time you
hear some bad news about somebody
being killed in T&T, very frequently it
is a male and very often it happens
when he was liming somewhere.
"I don t usually hear about women
liming anywhere and being part of the
statistics...and the reason might very
well be it is because they are the ones
with their shoulders to the wheel holding
us together as a nation."
Four SSA officials fired
PM: T&T's quality
of life in danger
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