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bodies of missing
Despite reports of the bodies of
missing Cedros fishermen Stephen
Beharry and Arnold Beharry (no
relation) being found in Vene-
zuela, there has been no confir-
Sources told the T&T Guardian
yesterday that Venezuela's Guardia
Nacional retrieved a body on Monday,
but because of the state of decom-
position, it could not be identified.
There were reports of another body
being found yesterday by Venezuelan
fishermen but by the time the Guardia
Nacional arrived, it had drifted away.
Relatives of both men spent yesterday try-
ing to organise documents to travel to Ven-
ezuela with the hope of identifying the body.
The source said it may be Stephen, who has
a tattoo on his right forearm.
There is a marking on the right forearm of
the unidentified body, but they were not sure
whether it was a tattoo or a vein.
Photos of the bodies were sent to the men's
family, but it still could not be identified.
It has been nine days since Stephen, 21 and
Arnold, 50, both of the Icacos Village, left to
retrieve a net in the Serpent's Mouth when their
There were varying stories of the men's de-
mise, with fishermen reporting that the engine
had too much horsepower for the vessel, causing
it to flip. However, others said the sea was rough
and a large wave caused the boat to capsize,
throwing both men into the water.
Relatives said some fishermen saw the inci-
dent but did not help.
Stephen's grandmother, Bipte said it had been
hard nine days for her family.
Bipte said she even heard that Venezuelan
fishermen found a body and buried it. She said
Stephen's father, Ricky spent to a morning at
the Immigration Division's office in Cedros,
trying to get the relevant documents to travel
to Venezuela but was unsuccessful.
Since the disappearance, she said at least 10
to 12 crews were out searching the sea daily.
"We heard that they found my grandson on
Monday and yesterday, we heard the found an-
other body but they buried it. We don't know
if it is true and but we feel that is impossible,
so we can't hold onto that," she said.
"It is nine days today since this happened and
all we got were rumours that people saw a body
at a river mouth in Perdenales (Venezuela), then
we heard there was a body on a rock.
"People even said they saw two boys alive on
past nine days. When you think you're settling
to accept something, something else comes up.
Right now we don't how they got killed or if
they got killed," Bipte said.
Arnold's wife, Sharda, said their son Adrian
was preparing to go across to Venezuela. Despite
the reports, she said she was hoping that her
husband was still alive.
She said she had not been eating or sleeping
and did not know how she would cope if Arnold
If he is found dead, she said, she is hoping
that the Government would assist in bringing
the body back to T&T because her family would
not be able to afford it.
Suruj on Trump, Rowley talks:
Prime Minister Keith Rowley owes it to the
public to dispel speculation and share the con-
tent and context of his recent conversation with
President Donald Trump, especially where se-
curity is concerned, says Opposition MP Suruj
"It's necessary especially when hearing the US may
be worried, T&T is a 'production house' for terrorist
fighters for Isis," Rambachan said, adding Govern-
ment's statement on the conversation was vague.
Government has been mum on the conversation
between the two leaders which occurred last Sun-
day, instead noting commentary on it, sources said
The White House website statement on the con-
versation stated: "President Donald J Trump spoke
today with Prime Minister Keith Rowley of Trin-
idad and Tobago to facilitate cooperation on
shared priorities. The two leaders reaffirmed
the strong security partnership and agreed
to continue close coordination in the fight
against terrorism and transnational organ-
ized crime. President Trump invited Prime Min-
ster Rowley to visit Washington, DC in the coming
A statement issued by the Prime Minister's office
on Sunday night stated:
"This afternoon at approximately 4.40 pm, the
Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley had a
conversation with the President of the United States
of America, Mr Donald Trump.
The Prime Minister and the President of the Unit-
ed States of America spoke about a number of issues
of mutual interest to Trinidad and Tobago and the
"The leaders agreed that both administrations
would continue working together on matters including
security and trade. It was acknowledged that both
countries have had a close working relationship which
will continue to be strengthened. "
A subsequent NY Times article, stated Trump
spoke with Rowley about terrorism and other security
challenges,including foreign fighters. It quoted Sarah
Huckabee Sanders," a White House spokeswoman."
The article claimed: "American officials worry
about having a breeding ground for extremists so
close to the United States, fearing that Trinidadian
fighters could return from the Middle East and attack
American diplomatic and oil installations in Trinidad,
or even take a three-and-a-half-hour flight to Miami."
It reported Caribbean people "enjoyed visa-free
travel throughout the islands, which makes it fairly
easy to travel to the Bahamas, and from there make a
'short jump' to South Florida."
Rambachan acknowledged the PM was probably
trying to be diplomatic in his press release but said:
"At the same time, he left many areas of speculation
which isn't good for T&T."
"While one expects National Security matters carry
confidentiality, the public must not be kept in the
dark on safety and security as that concerns them.If
the US is worried about the situation in T&T with
people going to terrorist zones , we hope Dr Rowley
will ensure T&T isn't subject to any travel ban such
as what the US implemented recently."
"Also the public will hope the Prime Minister speaks
to Mr Trump about the US' immigration issues---re-
garding which some are worried---and particularly the
way the US sends deportees to T&T. There are theories
such persons contribute to T&T's high crime,"
"The PM and Mr Trump must also speak about nar-
co-trafficking since T&T is a transshipment point and
there must be strengthened relations to deal with that."
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