Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 22nd 2017 Contents plications. Why would a police
officer go to a civilian office and
photocopy (a document)?"
Dillon said the sergeant could
have left a copy at the MP's office
and it could have been "scanned."
Dillon then told Rambachan he
had serious problems "with what
(information) you have brought
to this House and therefore I will
cause some investigation (to take
place) to find out why (that was
done by the police officer)." He
said there were "other resources
that are available" for the officers
to do their work.
Dillon insisted: "I have serious
problem with that from the Mem-
ber for Tabaquite."
Leader of Government Busi-
ness, Planning and Development
Minister Camille Robinson-Regis
also endorsed the need for a proper investigation into
the matter involving the officer. She said such be-
haviour should be denounced, adding it was "passing
strange that a member of the Police Service should
think that he had the right or the need to go the Of-
fice of the MP."
Robinson-Regis said she questioned "whether that
officer now feels beholden to the MP for Tabaquite."
She then recalled another police officer, Surujdeen
Persad, had written then prime minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar identifying a list of officers who should
be fired from the Strategic Intelligence Agency (SIA).
She said all the named officers were subsequently
fired by the former government.
She said she hoped the matter involving Maharaj
"will be examined by the Police Commissioner and
the internal investigations unit of the Police Service."
Government and Opposition MPs all layer spoke
in support of Franklin's nomination as a member of
National Security Minister
Edmund Dillon says an inves-
tigation is to be conducted to
determine if possible national
security breaches were com-
mitted when a senior officer
at the Gasparillo Police Station
went to the nearby Tabaquite
constituency office of Oppo-
sition MP Surujrattan Ram-
bachan to photocopy police
Rambachan made disclosure
of the matter during his contri-
bution to yesterday's debate on a
Government motion in the House
of Representatives to approve the
nomination of former Chief of De-
fence Staff, Commodore Anthony
Franklin, as the fourth member of
the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Rambachan said in 2007 the Police Commissioner
was given full authority to manage the Police Service,
and consequently he wanted to know "how come a
sergeant of police and policemen have to come to my
office from the Gasparillo Police Station on a regular
basis to get photo-copies of charge sheets and time
sheets." Rambachan said this was done up to yesterday
morning, hours before the sitting.
Rambachan quickly added that he hoped "that by
my saying this that nobody goes and discriminate
against Sergeant Maharaj at the Gasparillo Police
"The public was there when he came to my office
and I am saying this and I will defend him," Ram-
Rambachan told legislators, including Prime Minis-
ter Dr Keith Rowley, that the police officer was "only
doing his job (as) he could not find the resources in
the Gasparillo station and he was taking the trouble
to do it (at my office)."
Minutes later, Dillon commented on the matter as
he began his contribution, saying initially that he did
not know why Rambachan called the officer's name
in the Parliament.
Dillon then said he had concerns with the officer's
decision to leave the station to copy a document in
the MP's office.
"The problem I have with that is the security im-
Saturday, April 22, 2017 guardian.co.tt
Craftsman shot to death
A Manzanilla man who had a
medical check-up appointment
was gunned down before he got
the chance to fulfil it yesterday.
Robert Wells, 56, a craftsman of
South Manzanilla Road, succumbed to
his gunshot injuries on his way to the
Sangre Grande Hospital after he was
shot twice in the head by a gunman.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian yes-
terday, Wells' nephew, Benthley Jo-
seph, said around 2 pm he heard two
explosions and went to see what it
was, only to hear his neighbour bawl-
ing and shouting "Robert is shot and
lying on the road."
Joseph and other relatives and
neighbours rushed outside to find
Wells lying on his back with gunshots
wounds to his head.
The Manzanilla Police Station was
contacted and responded to the scene.
Wells was taken to the Sangre Grande
Hospital but was pronounced dead on
His wife, Marlene Gobin said before
she left home for work he told her he
was going to get his medical check-up
and then visit his brother at Sangre
Grande. Gobin said while at work her
supervisor told her there were two
people outside to see her and to leave
what she was doing. She was met by
her brother-in-law and his wife, who
told her she needed to go to the Sangre
Grande Hospital because Robert had
been shot. About half an hour later
her nephew called and informed them
he had died.
Gobin was not allowed to see her
husband at the mortuary, but wept
continuously as she hugged and kissed
a photo of him.
"Why they had to shot and killed
an old man?" she asked.
Wells'family said they were shocked
by the killing, as he was known him to
be quiet man always finishing some
piece of craft. Wells body will be tak-
en to the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, for an autopsy on Monday.
Visiting the scene were ASP Ro-
bain, Ag Insp Lutchman, Sgt Ojeste,
WPC Ramsundar, Ag Insp Christo-
pher Fuentes and officers of Arouca
Homicide Region II. Officers from
Homicide Arouca Region II are con-
and are confident that an arrest is
UNC set to challenge property tax
Opposition MP Dr Bhoendradatt
Tewarie says Government should not
implement the property tax at this time
because of prevailing economic condi-
tions. He says the 2009 tax should in
fact be repealed and replaced with the
Land and Building Taxes, which is more
He said that the land and building taxes
would generate about $100 to $150 million
annually. The Property Tax, as being imple-
mented by the Government, is expected to
raise $500 million.
Speaking during a news briefing at the
Opposition Room in the Parliament yes-
terday, Tewarie said the Government does
not appear to be ready to implement the
He said questionnaires for citizens to sub-
mit certain information had not provided for
in the law. As such, he said the Opposition
did not understand why this was being done.
"There is nothing (in the law) that says
you have to send a picture of your property
and all the other things that they are asking
for," he said.
Tewarie said the matter should be ap-
proached with caution, especially since the
current economic climate had may citizens
struggling to make ends meet
"The need for revenue cannot override
the human, humane and societal consid-
erations," Tewarie said.
He confirmed the Opposition will chal-
lenge the Government's plan to implement
the Property Tax in Parliament. He said if
the Government seeks to do things that are
not sanctioned by the law to implement the
tax "that can be challenged."
Cop photocopying station
files in MP's office
Investigators at the scene of yesterday's murder in Manzanilla.
PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
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