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Matt to discuss
police raid on
President of the Media Associ-
ation of T&T (MATT) Vernon
Ramesar says the organisation
is expected to meet this week-
end to discuss how the Data
Protection Act can affect the
police investigation involving
former investigative journalist
On Monday, police executed a war-
rant at Gumbs' St Joseph home and
seized her laptop computer, cellphone
among other items in pursuit of an
investigation involving a conspir-
acy to pervert the course of public
Contacted yesterday Ramesar
described the matter as "sensitive" but said it
was among other issues on the agenda affecting
journalists to be discussed.
"We would need to analyse it further because
it is somewhat sensitive so we haven't had a
chance to meet on it yet," Ramesar said, adding
that MATT would issue a statement soon after
this was done.
According to reports, Gumbs' computer and
mobile phone were seized after a team of officers
went to her home and executed a search warrant.
It was reported that earlier this year Gumbs met
with police and was asked to make her cellphone
and computer available to officers but the items
were never handed over to police.
It was also reported that Gumbs was inter-
viewed by police regarding allegations levelled
against former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
in relation to an allegation of witness tampering.
DCP Harold Phillip is probing an allegation that
the former AG contacted David West, now Di-
rector of the Police Complaints Authority
(PCA) and tried to coerce him to withdraw
his statement in a civil lawsuit filed by
then Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
Ramlogan has denied all allegations.
Police probing the case said a file was
expected to be sent to Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard soon
Man, 37, in court for
Eight days after the semi-nude body of a
woman was found near a drain in Point Fortin
with her head bashed in, a mason has appeared
in court for her murder.
Wesley Taylor, 37, appeared before Point Fortin
Senior Magistrate RajendraRambachan who read the
charge to him that he allegedly murdered Kellyann
Shane, 23, on July 11 at Guapo Cap-de-Village
Main Road, Point Fortin. Police had previ-
ously identified the victim as Shelly
The magistrate explained to him that
murder isnot a bailable offence. Shane,
a mother of one, of Warden Road, Point
Fortin, was found dead near a hardware
with severe injuries to her head and face. She
was only wearing a shirt.
A piece of wood found next to her body is be-
lieved to be the murder weapon. An autopsy re-
vealed she was beaten to death. The police
arrestedTaylor, of Fanny Village, Point For-
tin last Friday and received instructions
from Deputy Director of Public Prose-
cutions Joan Honore-Paul on Tuesday
to charge him.
He was subsequently charged by Cpl
Stephen Forbes of the Homicide Bureau
of Investigations 3. The accused was rep-
resented by attorney Sandra Soobransingh
who held for attorney Alvin Pariagsingh.
First Court prosecutor Sgt Sparkle Paul
said a State attorney has not yet been assigned
to the case.
The matter was adjourned to August 15.
journalist, Anika Gumbs
House Clerk: No
camera in room for
PM, Kamla talks
Clerk of the House Jacqui Sampson-Meiguel
last night insisted that no cameras remained
in the room during the talks on national issues
between Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bis-
sessar on Tuesday at the Parliament
building in Port-of-Spain.
Speaking to Guardian Media via phone,
Sampson-Meiguel confirmed that cameras
were only allowed inside the room during
pre-talks and greetings. She said all cameras
were immediately removed following the
greeting and no cameras were in the room
at any point during the substantive talks.
Sampson-Meiguel's comments were sparked
by suggestions on social media yesterday that the
meeting may have been secretly recorded by a device
which was seen in a photo of Rowley and Persad-Bis-
sessar shaking hands. The photo, with the device
circled, was widely circulated.
The device was in fact a 360 degree camera which
was removed before the conversations between
Rowley and Persad-Bissessar took place.
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