Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 22nd 2016 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, February 22, 2016
The T&T Guardian has learned T&T
Police Executive is divided over
whether to investigate the arrest of a
CNC3 s Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne
by Inspector Roger Alexander, who
hosts a similar police programme called
Beyond The Tape on rival CCN TV6.
President of the T&T Police Service
Social and Welfare Association, Anand
Ramesar, had called for the probe fol-
lowing the arrest at the home of car
dealer, Sheron Sukhdeo in Orchard Gar-
Inspector Alleyne led a team of police
officers to the premises to arrest Sukhdeo
to answer allegations of domestic abuse
by his wife. Alexander ordered Alleyne
to leave the scene and ended up phys-
ically dragging him away.
At its weekly executive meeting at
St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, late
last week, the Guardian learned, Com-
missioner of Police Stephen Williams
had struck down the argument for a
probe into Alexander s role.
Sources say that the senior officer
"displayed his anger over the decision
to dismiss calls for the probe."
The senior officer "jumped from his
seat and spoke very loudly about the
refusal to commission the investiga-
Apart from Williams, others who
attended were the deputy commissioners
and assistant commissioners. The
Guardian was told that it was "only
Williams" who was against the setting
up of the investigation.
Ramesar said last week that pro-
gramme was sanctioned by the police
Meanwhile, Alleyne s attorney, Gerald
Ramdeen says there should be an inves-
tigation of what he described as police
brutality against his client.
Ramdeen said similar treatment is
meted out to other citizens on a daily
basis, and they he would taking up the
cause on their behalf.
"The purpose of doing this is so that
we will use this incident to fight the
cause of police brutality and what is
done to citizens on a daily basis,"
Ramdeen added. (RL)
A mother and son are now homeless
after fire destroyed their home on Sat-
Jennet Harrylal, 65, and her son Ian
Harrylal, 36, learnt via a phone call that
their home at Libertville, Rio Claro, was
Fire officials said when they arrived
on the scene the small four-bedroom
wooden and concrete structure had been
completely destroyed. A distraught Har-
ryal was worried about where he and
his elderly mother were going to spend
Romel Ramnasibsingh, director on
the Board of the National Commission
for Self Help Limited (NCSHL), reassured
Harrylal that the NCSHL would help
him with a temporary home. Fire officials
haven t yet determined its cause.
Anyone who wishes to help the family
can contact them at 279-0136.
The Media Association of T&T says
CNC3 breached journalistic ethics in
airing an edited video clip of Tues-
day s clash between Crime Watch
host, Ian Alleyne and Inspector Roger
According to MATT, "It was CNC3 s
duty to inform the public that the video
had been altered. Not having done so,
CNC3 omitted essential features of the
confrontation and that omission
amounted to misrepresentation."
MATT said the "breach of duty
requires CNC3 to make amends with
the public it serves and the industry
in which it operates."
MATT turned some of its fire on the
police, saying that there is the potential
for ethical conflicts by the commingling
of the TTPS with the commercial inter-
ests of private sector media.
It was a reference to a revelation by
a police spokesman, that Beyond The
Tape is an official police programme.
MATT said law enforcement and
the media serve the public interest in
different ways and, consequently, the
public should be furnished with
detailed information on the protocols
that govern the Beyond the Tape pro-
MATT said: "The degree of force
used by the arresting officer appears
disproportionate to the offence and
the circumstances (and) MATT ques-
tions the refusal of the TTPS to inves-
tigate these allegations of excessive
force," their statement added.
It said the right of media workers
to reasonable treatment from the police
while pursuing a story must be respect-
ed. MATT said another potential
breach of conduct by the police related
to a recent video on social media which
appears to be recorded by police officers
at the Chaguanas Police Station.
The video shows Alleyne being
taunted and ridiculed. (RL)
The national council of the
Congress of the People has
agreed with a proposal by the
outgoing leader of the party
Prakash Ramadhar to hold elec-
tions for the Political Leader and
national executive elections on
the same day, April 24.
That was one of the major deci-
sion s taken during yesterday s
regular national council meeting
of the party at Charlieville,
Speaking during a news con-
ference after the meeting, party
chairman Jamie Bahadur said a
motion for the two elections to
take place simultaneously was
passed "unanimously" during the
meeting at COP s Operations
Centre, Charlieville, Chaguanas.
Ramadhar tendered his resig-
nation on Wednesday.
One of the party s deputy lead-
ers Dr Anirudh Mahabir said the
executive "begged" Ramadhar to
remain in office until the election
was held because himself and the
deputy leader, former National
Carnival Commission chairman,
Lorraine Pouchet, were "not as
good as he is."
COP general Secretary Clyde
Weatherhead said the party s con-
stitution does not provide for
Ramadhar s resignation to be
accepted or rejected.
"There is no need for the
national council to approve or
accept any resignation according
to our Constitution, " he added.
He said the motion to have the
two elections on April 24 was
done in order to ensure the party
was prepared under new leader-
ship for the local government
elections , which are expected by
He said the party s membership
stands at about 40,000 and the
COP s elections commission will
outline the process for the con-
duct of the polls early next month,
adding that the campaign will be
for a one-month duration.
Ramadhar was re-elected polit-
ical leader in 2014, defeating his
two main challengers, former
party chairman Carolyn Seeper-
sad-Bachan and former arts and
multiculturalism minister Dr Lin-
coln Douglas. His term was due
to expire in 2017
Ramadhar told party members
he is quitting the leadership posi-
tion because he wanted members
who were disenchanted with his
leadership to return under a new
Ramadhar again said that he
was taking full responsibility for
the failures of the party over the
past few years under his leader-
ship. "Having lost the elections
for local government (2013), hav-
ing lost the general elections
(2015), I take responsibility and if
i shall have to fall on my sword
that is what I do," he stressed.
Ramadhar said: "The blood as
it is to be spilled will be mine and
no one else or the party s."
He said his decision to resign
was "to give the party a new
avenue, a new path moving for-
And some COP members yes-
terday expressed relief over his
decision to resign.
One member said the party
membership was "relieved as
under his leadership the COP
failed to capitalise on some issues
in the former PP Government."
Another member said the party
was "looking forward to this new
chapter in the party s existence
in the hope that it would lead to
a revival of the COP and a return
to its true identity."
Ramadhar says only his blood to be spilled
Elections for COP
Congress of the People (COP) outgoing leader Prakash Ramadhar, centre, hugs members during the party's
National Council meeting at Charlieville, yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Rio Claro fire guts home
Police row over TV hosts' tangle
MATT raps CNC3, Alexander
and police over Ian Alleyne clash
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