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Government yesterday failed to supply infor-
mation on the Bail Bill and Anti-Gang Amend-
ment law which the Opposition had requested
to finalise its position on the bill, Opposition
whip Ganga Singh said.
As a result, the Opposition s position in debate
on the bill tomorrow in Parliament will be based
"on T&T s best interests," Opposition Leader
Kamla Persad-Bissessar said at a media brief-
Both spoke following a two-hour meeting
with a five-member Government team, headed
by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, on the leg-
islation. Government s team included MPs
Camille Robinson-Regis, Marlene McDonald,
Fitzgerald Hinds and Glenda Jennings-Smith.
UNC s team was headed by Singh and included
Senators Gerald Ramdeen, Wayne Sturge and
MPs Roodal Moonilal, Ramona Ramdial, David
Lee and Rodney Charles.
Singh said the Opposition sought information
on the efficacy of the legislation for the UNC s
caucus to base its considerations on. He said
the AG said he had sought the information from
the Judiciary, police, prisons and Director of
Public Prosecutions but that was not obtained.
Persad-Bissessar said the Opposition would,
therefore, act in T&T s best interests in the
debate and what would inform its position would
be the data sought.
She said the main reason for seeking the infor-
mation was to review the effectiveness of the
legislation. She said the People s Partnership
had in 2015 instituted the bill for one year, requir-
ing that it be reviewed after that time since it
involved draconian power.
If information provided showed, for instance,
only ten people were imprisoned under the bill,
she asked if it would be worth continuing, adding
she also was not convinced it was an anti-crime
Certain clauses in the bills will become null
and void should the bills lapse. Speaking to
CNC3 last evening, however, Al-Rawi said he
hoped it would not come to that.
"One can only hope that there will not be an
inconsistent position in supporting it one day
as a government and in not supporting it as the
opposition. So I m hopeful that the logical analysis
of this will yield positive results," he added.
Persad-Bissessar also yesterday challenged
Government to provide information on the effect
the recent UK "Brexit" referendum would have
on T&T since no answers were coming from
Finance and other ministers.
She sought answers on international currency
fluctuations, how the situation would affect
T&T s Heritage and Stabilisation Fund, which
is in US dollars, whether it might affect Gov-
ernment s upcoming "roadshow" to obtain a
(US)$1 billion bond and how "Brexit" might
affect the British BP oil company and by extension
its local business.
UNC support for
Bail Bill up in air
AG fails to produce
evidence at meeting...
GAIL ALEXANDER AND JOEL JULIEN
T&T national Sherlin Stewart, who
travelled through Turkey s Ataturk air-
port on Tuesday, escaped unhurt in the
terrorist attack which occurred at that
airport that day, the Foreign Affairs Min-
istry has confirmed.
A traumatised Stewart, who was in
Turkey up to yesterday, told relatives in
T&T, via Facebook, that she had to run
when she heard explosions at Istanbul s
Ataturk airport and she had recounted a
scene of "utter chaos" that day.
The Islamic State (ISIS) is believed to
be responsible for Tuesday s attack at the
main international terminal at Ataturk,
which left 41 dead---mainly Turkish cit-
izens---and 239 injured after three suicide
bombers struck in tandem.
Thirteen foreigners, from China, Jordan,
Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Iran and Ukraine,
were killed in the attack.
The attackers first fired shots at people
in the terminal before detonating suicide
Dramatic video footage from one part
of the airport showed one terrorist falling
to the floor after being shot and detonating
what appeared to be explosives he was
wearing or carrying.
The immediate blast which followed
made surveillance camera images erupt
into bright blinding light, then blankness.
International media reports described
blood-streaked floors, body parts, panic,
chaos and hordes of fleeing people during
the attack, in which the three young men
fired shots and set off explosives at three
One was reported in the international
departures hall and the other two near
the arrivals hall.
Stewart, a Royal Caribbean International
employee from Chaguanas, was reported to
be enroute to an unknown destination in
the Mediterranean, to start a job on board
a cruise ship.
It is understood Stewart has been sending
messages to her family in T&T and was
reported to be very traumatised by the expe-
rience, though unhurt physically. She was
lodged at the Turkey hotel up to yesterday.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses,
who confirmed Stewart s presence at the
scene of the attack, told the T&T Guardian
contact had been made with her and his
understanding was that she had been at the
airport at the actual time of the attack and
had witnessed it. He also confirmed how
shaken up she was by it.
Moses said: "The Honorary Consul has
informed that to date there has been no
report of death or injury to T&T nationals
"However, a T&T national of Trinidad
and Tobago (Stewart) who was at the
(Ataturk) airport at the time of the attack
has been located. Arrangements have been
made for her to continue her onward journey.
The passenger has since been contacted by
He confirmed Stewart was safely accom-
modated at a hotel in Turkey.
"The Honorary Consul has also been in
direct communication with the passenger,"
Moses said Stewart would be leaving
Turkey to continue her "onward journey...
the safety of all our citizens are of paramount
T&T national survives
Istanbul airport attack
A relative of Sherlin Stewart's yesterday told
the T&T Guardian she was able to get away
"without a scratch."
They said she had relayed to them that when
she heard the explosion she had to run. During the
melee that ensued, she dropped her cellphone and
as she turned around, she saw it being trampled
by the onrushing crowd.
They added she had managed to contact them
using Facebook Messenger and told them the
situation was "utter chaos," describing the ordeal
Her relatives, in response, contacted official
sources to see how Stewart could be assisted.
Her relatives said yesterday: "All is well... she's
safe and we are grateful to God and everyone who
A Royal Caribbean International spokesman in
Miami told T&T Guardian yesterday the company
had four or five ships in the Mediterranean area,
but had no immediate information on Stewart and
was checking to see to which ship she was going
to.When T&T Guardian called Honorary Consul
General Nusret Comert in Turkey yesterday, he
deferred to the Foreign Ministry's statement,
declining further comment.
Honorary Consul to Turkey in T&T, Michael
LLanos, meanwhile, said he would also continue to
monitor any issues with T&T nationals in Turkey,
via the Turkish ambassador accredited to T&T,
who is based in Caracas.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has asked people
with information on nationals who might have
been in the affected area during the Turkey attack
to call the Ministry, 1-868-623-6894; or Honorary
Consul of T&T to Turkey: +90 532 303 2223.
Yesterday, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-
Bissessar said she was happy to hear the T&T
national in Turkey was safe.
However, she said the Turkey attack had
brought the threat of terrorism closer to T&T.
Members of T&T's
4x100 metres relay
team, who competed in
the 2012 London
Olympics, from left
Marc Burns and Keston
Bledman, pose with
their silver medals at
night. The team
originally won the
bronze but was
upgraded after the US
team was disqualified
when Tyson Gay tested
positive for steroids.
PHOTO: DION ROACH
'NOT A SCRATCH'
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