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Ramesh hands over dossier to Govt
'Will power needed
for death penalty'
general Ramesh Law-
rence Maharaj says the
Government has been
given the plan on how
to implement the death
penalty and all that is
required now to get the
job done was will power.
Speaking at a press con-
ference at his San Fernan-
do law chambers yester-
day, Maharaj SC said: "It
comes to the will power of
a government to deal with
the problem and the gov-
ernment depends upon its
ministers. A plan is only
as good as its implemen-
tation...I believe it can be
implemented. Ibelieve if the
government wants to con-
tinue with the death penalty
it can be implemented."
Maharaj who has passed
on a dossier detailing how
he was successful in hang-
ing Dole Chadee and his
eight accomplices dur-
ing his tenure as attorney
general to Prime Minister
Dr Keith Rowley, reiterat-
ed that he charged no fee.
He said the Government
has the option of retaining
the services of Peter Purs-
glove SC, who is present-
ly on vacation here, as a
consultant to assist them
in carrying out the death
penalty. Pursglove had
been retained by Maharaj
to assist in fast-tracking
Addressing the issue of
the abolition of preliminary
inquires, Maharaj said that
move will put additional
strain on the High Court
which alreadyhad hundreds
of people awaiting trial.
He endorsed the com-
ments of Director of Pub-
lic Prosecutions Roger
Gaspard who described
the move as short-sight-
ed during a parliamentary
committee meeting last
Friday given the lack of re-
sources in the DPP's Office
and other inefficiencies in
the criminal justice system.
Maharaj said the govern-
ment must withdraw the
bill pending further study.
Similarly, he said the
(Trial by Judge Alone)Bill
should have gone through
a process of proper and
adequate consultation with
the legal profession and the
He said the law will not
make any dent in the de-
lays of the criminal justice
system and it would have
no impact on increasing the
detection rate for murders
and serious crimes.
Maharaj added that
the time has come for the
population to see and to feel
the government is declaring
war against the criminal el-
ements. Maharaj called on
the Government and the
police to take immediate
action to halt the spiralling
rate of criminal activities
and bring the criminals to
He said it was unaccept-
able that 85 per cent of the
people who committed
murders and serious crimes
are walking free and called
for an immediate action
plan to increase the detec-
tion of crimes
Maharaj said this must
* An overhaul and purge
of the existing investigative
units of the Police Service
* An overhaul for the
forensic laboratory with
immediate steps to have
the necessary staff and fo-
rensic technology to detect
murders and serious crimes
* Immediate changes to
the Witness Protection Unit
so witnesses will be encour-
aged and induced to come
forward to testify
* Government must
take steps to implement
the DNA Act and establish
a DNA bank.
teens back home
Three teenaged girls who were reported miss-
ing recently have all been found and are back
home with their families.
The teens, Sapphire Charles, 15, Makayla Bobcome,
16 and Tamika Ramgoolam, 16 were reported missing
in February and March by their relatives.
Charles, of Bon Air Gardens, Arouca, was reported
missing by her mother, Gillian Richard-Charles, on
February 21. A release issued yesterday stated that she
was found by members of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit.
No other information was provided.
Charles went missing from Arima. She was last seen
about to board a maxi along the Priority Bus Route.
Ramgoolam, of Farm Road, St Joseph was reported
missing by her aunt on March 4. Like Charles, she
was found by police and no other information was
provided by the police.
In the third case, Bobcome, who was reported miss-
ing by her mother Nathalia Gilbert on March 14 to the
Princes Town Police Station was found. The teen was
reported missing after she left her Indian Walk Prices
Town home and did not return that day.
Five sex charges
An unregistered chiropractor charged with
indecently assaulting a teenager four times
and raping her was granted $400,000 bail by
a Couva magistrate yesterday.
Rohan Ramdeen,43, of Perseverance Village, Couva,
appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril Anne An-
toine. It is alleged that he committed the five sex acts
on the 19-year-old girl earlier this month. In asking
for bail, Ramdeen's attorney Shiva Boodoo said he was
a father of five, including a seven month old baby, and
was self-employed as a straightener and painter. Boo-
doo said Ramdeen did not have a criminal record and
was willing to submit to any conditions imposed by the
court. Prosecutor Sgt Lincoln Bonnet did not object
to bail but pointed out the seriousness of the offence
and asked for conditions to be attached to his bail.
The magistrate granted him bail to be approved
by a Clerk of the Peace on the condition that he re-
ports to the Couva Police Station three times a week
and surrenders his passport. He was also warned to
stay away from the alleged victim. The matter was
adjourned to April 18.
feared for his life
Nicholas Raymond,the prison inmate who was
fatally stabbed on Saturday,had begged not to be
transferred to the Maximum Security Prison in
Arouca because he feared for his life.
Prison officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
told the T&T Guardian Raymond, 23,had also asked not
to go out into the yard for air time with other inmates.
He was stabbed during a skirmish among inmates,
reportedly triggered by claims of theft.
Gerard Gordon, secretary general of the Prison Of-
ficers Association (POA) yesterday expressed concern
about overcrowding and safety issues at the prison. "We
don't have the space required for the proper classifica-
tion of inmates. There are a number of gang members
and the rivalry continues behind the walls," he said.
"It is a truly challenging situation to treat with and
unfortunately there was a loss of life."
Gordon said Raymond's death is being investigated
and he hopes that will lead to the prosecution of the
guilty. He said there are daily reports of violence but
prison officers are able to respond to such incidents
quickly. Communications head of the T&T Prison
Service Krishna Bedassie said up to late yesterday no
suspects had been held for Raymond's death.
When contacted, acting prison commissioner Cecil
Duke said: "We are still are conducting internal investi-
gations todetermine ifthere were failures in the process."
Attorney Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj displays a
booklet during a press conference at his office in San
Fernando, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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