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State ordered to
pay 'Soldier Barry'
The State has been ordered to pay more than $172,000 to one of the men de-
tained in 2011, in connection with an alleged plot to kill then prime minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, then attorney general Anand Ramlogan and two
other members of the People's Partnership cabinet.
Bryan "Soldier Barry" Barrington was awarded damages in the amount of
$141,121.49 with interest from October 28, 2015, as a result of his lawful im-
prisonment for 13 days.
The damages awarded to Barrington "took into consideration the mental
suffering and anguish"he experienced due to the "degrading prison conditions,"
Justice Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell stated in her judgement.
Barrington was also awarded $30,962 for costs.
Barrington was represented by attorneys Abdel Ashraph and Zeke
Ashraph, while Coreen Findley and Rachael Thurab were instructed
by Laura Persad for the Attorney General.
The matter was heard before Donaldson-Honeywell at the Port
of Spain High Court.
Barrington, a former member of the T&T Defence Force (TTDF),
and 12 others were arrested separately during the 2011 state of emer-
gency in connection with the high-profile assassination plot of four
government officials. The 13men were all eventually released without
On November 21, 2011, while at his Partap Trace, South Oro-
pouche home, Barrington was arrested by "approximately 15
masked police officers," according to his statement of case filed
in the High Court on October 23, 2015. Barrington said he was
"not informed of the reason for his arrest." He was taken to the
Marabella Police Station for 30 minutes and then to the Wood-
brook Police Station where he was imprisoned for six days. On
November 27, 2011, Barrington was transferred to the Golden
Grove Prison in Arouca where he was "interrogated by several
On November 29, 2011, a detention order, under Regulation 17
Second Schedule 1 (1) of the Emergency Powers Regulation 2011, was
issued by then minister of national security John Sandy.
According to the detention order, Barrington was named as a person
involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Persad-Bissessar, Ramlogan, then
housing minister Roodal Moonilal and then local government minister Chan-
Barrington was then moved to the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Aripo.
On December 5, 2011,he was eventually released"without having been told the reason"
for his detention, Barrington stated.
Barrington filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General over the situation and sought
damages for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and several breaches of his constitutional
Donaldson-Honeywell heard the matter and ruled that the officers who initially arrested
Barrington were right in doing so because they suspected he was "in possession of firearms
and ammunition which would pose a serious threat to Trinidad and Tobago"
she noted that for Barrington to be detained for longer than 24 hours under the EPR there
needed to be further authorisation. No copy of that authorisation was produced to the court.
Then deputy police commissioner Mervyn Richardson, who claimed to issue that au-
thorisation, admitted that proof of it could not be found.
"Although I find deputy commissioner Richardson was truthful in his belief that more
time was needed, his testimony was woefully inadequate in explaining whether he was
satisfied of the need for more time and if so on what basis," Donaldson-Honeywell stated
in the judgement.
"All he testified to was that ten others were also detained and his team informed him
that interviews of all could not be completed in 24 hours. There was no indication as to
why this was so-for example, why 11 teams of officers couldn't't have been co-opted
to carry out the interviews in a timely manner. No specifics were given as to why 24
hours was not sufficient time."
Donaldson-Honeywell said she did not find the additional seven days of Barring-
ton's detention to be "authorised or lawful"
. She said while there was "no defect"
in the detention order issued by Sandy, there was no evidence that it was actually
served on Barrington.
"Accordingly, even if the prior seven-day period had been lawful in relation to
which my finding is that it was not, the period of detention from November 29,2011
to December 5, 2011 was unlawful," she stated.
Earlier this year, Anthony "Boombay" Boney, who was also arrested in connection
with the alleged assassination plot, was also ordered to receive $70,000 in compen-
sation by High Court judge Justice Vasheist Kokaram.
During the state of emergency, it was alleged that Barrington, Boney and Selwyn
"Robocop" Alexis were involved in a plot to assassinate Persad-Bissessar and her
on plans for old
Mau Pau site
A public meeting will be held next Tuesday
to discuss an application for a Certificate
of Environmental Clearance for a sev-
en-story building to be built on the
site where three businesses---De Nu
Pub, Ma Pau and Sweet Lime---were
destroyed by fire earlier this year.
On March 26, De Nu Pub (former-
ly known as the Mas Camp Pub),
Ma Pau and Sweet Lime were de-
stroyed in a million-dollar blaze.
Demolition work has since taken
place at the site at the corner
of Ariapita Avenue and French
Street in Woodbrook.
A public stakeholders meet-
ing is scheduled for next Tues-
discuss the CEC regarding
a proposed seven-storey
building for the site. The
meeting will take place at
Ma Pau's car park locat-
ed on French Street in
Since the blaze, Ma
Pau, which is a ca-
sino, has relocated
to where the former
nightclub Aria was
The project for
which the CEC is
being sought from
ity (EMA) has been listed
as "Carnival City."
Carnival City is expected
to house the 100-plus room
Wyndham Hotel, the Hard
Rock Cafe Restaurant and a mul-
Eyebrows were raised about the fire
which destroyed De Nu Pub, Ma Pau and
Sweet Lime, after a notification of intended
development from Ward Hotel Ltd, owners
of the property, addressed to the EMA was
posted on Facebook.
The letter, headlined "Notification of
Intended Development---Carnival City,"
was plastered on Facebook hours after
firefighters extinguished the million-dollar
blaze which destroyed the three popular
The notice, which touted the creation
of some 400 jobs, also stated: "The in-
tended Carnival City is proposed for
development at the current site of Ma
Pau, Sweet Lime Restaurant and De Nu
Pub (formerly Mas Camp Pub) and Ma
Pau car park on French Street. It is
proposed that the existing buildings
will be demolished and replaced by a
building that will rise seven storeys
above ground level and will also have
a seven-storey parkade. The project-
ed date of commencement is May 1,
The notice outlined ways the pro-
ject is expected to contribute to the
development and atmosphere of
Residents and business owners of
Woodbrook, as well as other inter-
ested parties or stakeholders, are en-
couraged to attend the meeting. (JJ)
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