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TRACTOR TRUCK with
Duke urges Govt to
act on cyber laws
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
is being urged to introduce legis-
lation to protect citizens from the
backlash of personal information
and compromising photos being
leaked on social media platforms.
The call comes from Public Servic-
es Association president and Tobago
House of Assembly Minority leader
Watson Duke, who said it was grossly
unfair what members of the public had
to endure after such incidents.
"I am hereby calling upon the ex-
ecutive of the Government of T&T,
led by Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley,
to do the honourable thing and enact
law to protect citizens against abuse
on social media.
"Too much private information on
persons' personal lives is being leaked
on social media and creating havoc in
the home. Social media should not be
used to shame people, but rather for
building social relationships."
Duke's call came hours after com-
promising photos of a woman clad in
a police uniform was circulated via
social media on Sunday.
Following the release of the photos,
thousands of comments were posted
about the officer's conduct, with some
calling for her dismissal from the pro-
fession while also speculating about
the effect it would have on the wom-
an's personal and family relations. The
T&T Police Service has since launched
a probe into that matter.
Duke said while there were limit-
less possibilities that social media
could be used for, such as education,
maintaining relationships and keeping
informed of the latest news, "embar-
rassing people and trying to put people
out of work is not the purpose of so-
cial media, so therefore I am calling on
the government to act with great haste
before we have a country of wounded
Contacted on the matter, Public
Administration and Communica-
tions Minister Maxie Cuffie assured
that Government was working on
several pieces of legislation to ad-
dress the issue. In a release yesterday,
he said the Data Protection Act and
the Cybercrime Bill would effectively
address the appropriate management
and dissemination of content in the
era of new media.
The Data Protection Act seeks to
protect the personal privacy and in-
formation that is held by public bodies
and the private sector. Cuffie said this
act contained, "built in safeguards."
blamed for leak
of SRP's photos
A love triangle is being blamed
for the leak of suggestive photos
of a female Special Reserve Police
The SRP is now under investigation
after photos of her lying on a couch in
a seductive position clad in her police
uniform managed to make its way on
social media and went viral.
Fellow colleagues yesterday claimed
the SRP was involved with a senior male
police officer who is currently in a re-
lationship with another female senior
officer, who was alleged to have leaked
the photos online.
Up until late yesterday, other photos
of the SRP continued to be posted on-
line blaming her for the love triangle and
warning her to "leave" the man.
Colleagues of the SRP, who is assigned
to the Transit Police, are attempting
to be discreet with the investigation
because they realise it was a "revenge
In an interview yesterday, president
of the Police Social and Welfare Associ-
ation Insp Michael Seales described it is
an unfortunate incident and a "leave of
the senses," as he also called for speedy
hearing into the matter.
"It is not a simple issue of bringing the
service into disrepute but bringing the
national uniform of T&T (into disrepute)
and this now gone viral and worldwide
and is bringing T&T into disrepute," he
He said the association was very con-
cerned but believes the officer should
not be fired.
"The general consensus was that
she should be disciplined and severely
punished but not dismissed. The asso-
ciation wants a speedy fair hearing for
her," Seales said.
A senior officer told the T&T Guard-
ian what the SRP did was not criminal
but noted it was the "disrespect to the
"The Transit Police don't fall under
the Police Service and most likely she
will get dismissed. She did nothing
criminal, but it is based on an indict-
ment and she was in the uniform and
it is a departmental charge," the officer
said, noting the SRP was fully dressed
but he had seen officers doing "worse."
When contacted yesterday, a senior
Transit officer who did not want to be
named confirmed the SRP was still on
duty. He said the matter was being in-
vestigated by the unit and would be sent
to Security Minister Edmund Dillon.
Families of wrecker crash victims
to take it easy
JENSEN LA VENDE
On Friday Yvonne Alleyne
will celebrate her 77th birthday.
However, there may be little to
no celebrations as she now has
to plan the funeral for her son,
Terrence "Breezy"Alleyne, who
was killed along with wrecker
driver Shazard Khan in an ac-
cident on Sunday.
Yesterday, Alleyne said her son,
a 53-year-old Customs and Excise
officer with nine children ranging
in ages from five to 31, was a quiet
man who loved smiling.
Speaking with the media at
the Forensic Sciences Centre, St
James, Alleyne, flanked by her
granddaughters Afi and Nakita
Alleyne, said she saw her son two
days before he died, as he regularly
visited her at her Trnicity home.
"The last thing I told him was
God go with you," Alleyne said,
adding, "I have a message to send
to T&T. Something is definitely
wrong; I cannot pinpoint what is
wrong. Every day there is blood, we
cannot continue this way. Every-
one is praying, and we should not
stop praying because God is listen-
ing and one day he will hear our
prayers and they will bring back this
blessed land. I am 76 and will turn
77 on Friday, what a birthday gift!
What a birthday gift!"
Nakita Alleyene said her father
always made his children smile and
they will miss everything about
him. She wept as she thought of
him not being able to lift the fam-
ily spirits any more, saying he was
the one who always encouraged his
children to better themselves.
Alleyne, who lived at Carlsen
Field, Chaguanas, died after he
and Khan were rammed by a Nis-
san Wingroad while they were
changing the tyre of Alleyne's
vehicle along the shoulder of the
northbound lane of the Uriah
Butler Highway near Charlieville.
Alleyne died at hospital and Khan
died at the scene.
Also at the FSC yesterday, Khan's
brother Zainool Khan said the death
of Sharaz was the second tragedy to
hit the family following the murder
of his brother-in-law in January.
On January 28 Ramesh Jacob, 42,
the owner of Raj Wrecking Service
in Barrackpore, was standing next
to his doubles stand near the Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva, when a
man walked up to him and shot
Khan said they could take sol-
ace in the fact that his brother
died doing a good deed. Khan was
married with two children aged 10
"The children no longer have a
father you know and they are rel-
atively young. He is only 36 and
would have been 37 on August 31.
My message to drivers on the road
is please, take allyuh time, today is
our turn tomorrow it might be you
or your family," Khan said.
Antilla Bruce, right, comforts Aaron Bruce and Nakita Alleyne outside the Forensic Science Centre in St
James, following the autopsy of Terrence Alleyne yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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