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Attorney General Faris Al Rawi
is expected to give a "fulsome"
response in writing to the Op-
position Leader Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar on her request for
a meeting with Prime Minister
Dr Keith Rowley with respect
to the Anti-Gang legislation.
Al Rawi was responding to Per-
sad-Bissessar's complaint that
since she has sent the letter she is
yet to be given a response, even as
much less, an acknowledgement.
"I am disturbed in having seen
reports and watch an expose on
National Geographic of the Isis
ighters from T&T. This is a very
urgent matter and we have noth-
ing in place, no law in place, in
addition, to the Anti-Gang legis-
lation I have asked that we con-
sider two pieces of legislation,
two Bills - yet we have no law in
place," Persad-Bissessar said.
The Opposition Leader called for a
meeting between Government and
Opposition aimed at a "bipartisan
legislative approach in the ight
against crime and the criminal el-
ement" and suggested they start
with the Anti-Gang Bill and the
Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill.
In similar nature to the collabo-
rative effort her party had with
the Government in electing the
country's irst female President,
Persad-Bissessar said there should
be the same level of collaborative
effort with respect to the two Bills.
"Look how wonderful it turned
out today (yesterday and referring
to the Electoral College of the Par-
liament)...that is what the country
needs again with these two pieces
However, Planning Minister
Camille Robinson-Regis, in an
immediate response to the Oppo-
sition Leader's letter said the PM
have asked the Attorney General
to respond "in its entirety."
She stressed on the fact that on
many occasions they have met
with the Opposition on several
issues over the past two years
and said that they are left in awe
that when those said issues are
brought to the Parliament floor
there is "an about turn" by the
Opposition. "That is why a ful-
some response is better for us to
put everything in writing," Robin-
Al Rawi said that too many
times T&T has witnessed a "he
say, she say" between political
parties and because of that reason
the government has now adopted
the approach to put its position in
writing, "to avoid that...there can
be no debate. The approach is in
a measured way and we will re-
spond in a fulsome way and treat
with full transparency in the pub-
With respect to the disagree-
ment on the sunset clause, Al
Rawi did not say whether or not
the period could be negotiated
but did recognise the fact other
stakeholders input, including
the T&T Police Service wanted a
During the consideration of the
Bill, several issues were discussed
and compromises reached. In
fact, the inclusion of a sunset
clause as a proposed Government
amendment was a result of the
initiative of the Prime Minister.
The question on the inclusion
of a sunset clause for a period of
four years was suggested by the
Government, however, the Op-
position disagreed saying that it
wanted a shorter period, of two
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Father: I did everything to
protect my stubborn son
JENSEN LA VENDE
The grieving father of a a teen-
aged murder victim said yester-
day that he relocated his family
from Laventille in an attempt
top spare them from the gun and
gang violence in the community.
But he said the stubbornness of
his 19-year-old son, Luke Adams,
led to his death.
Adams who was seated in the
front passenger seat of a blue
Mitsubishi Lancer was shot re-
peatedly around 11.30 am by a
gunman who ran after the vehicle
which was stuck in traf ic on the
busy Duke Street close to midday.
Another occupant in the car was
injured in the shooting and the
Speaking with the media at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James
yesterday, Bertram Adams said
his third of seven children failed
adhere to his warnings not to ven-
ture into Port-of-Spain and paid
with his life for his stubbornness.
He said he had relocated the
family to Pleasantville, in San Fer-
nando two years ago to protect
But his son moved back to the
city after he became an adult.
"I do more than warn him, I ac-
tually went myself in these areas
to try and get him out. Men pull
me. When I say Luke father they
say well you don't come in here
just so. That was the ultimate.
That was a couple months ago. I
talk to him every time I see him.
Everyone talk to him, his aunt,
the grandmother, boy everyone
talk to him. Everyone liked him,
but he just wanted to do what he
want and what he felt was right.
And that was a major problem."
The Adams family moved from
their Desperlie Crescent, Laven-
tille home to Pleasantville two
Since then, Luke would leave
his southern home, which he
found to be "too slow and dead"
and spend days with friends in
Nelson Street and then more re-
cently at Mango Rose, off Picca-
The two areas, separated by the
East Dry River and Duncan Street,
are at war with each other.
Police suspect that Adams was
killed for being deemed a traitor
after leaving one area to stay in
another. His father said his girl-
friend lived at Mango Rose and
he too believed his son's switch in
residence led to his death.
"I speak to him more than
1,000 times, I do all kind of thing,
I pull the devil by the tail and all
to try to get him to settle down at
home, and stay away from Mango
Rose. And he's not a stupid guy.
I believed that he understood the
nature of life. Because he grow
up in Desperlie Crescent where
you hear the gunshots every day,"
He said he taught his son and
his siblings from young to lay on
the floor when they heard gun-
shots and not move until the bul-
Adams is the second son of
his mother to be murdered. On
October 27, 2016, at a house at
Enterprise, Chaguanas, Keron
"Panther" James was gunned
AG to respond to UNC in writing on anti-gang talks
in car crash
A 27-year-old taxi driver was killed
in an accident on Thursday night,
shortly after dropping off passen-
gers, near La Joya Complex, in St
According to police reports,
around 11.50 pm Prakash Roopia,
of Beebakhee Avenue, Curepe
was heading east along the East-
ern Main Road, St Joseph when
he crashed into a wall off the west
Roopia was thrown from the ve-
hicle and died on the spot.
Speaking briefly with the T&T
Guardian at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James yesterday, Roo-
pia's father said his son had mo-
ments before gotten a job to drop
off passengers and was on his way
back home when he died.
Roopia is the third person to
die as a result of a road traf ic ac-
cident for the year.
Bertram Adams reflects on his son Luke Adams outside the Forensic Science
Centre in St James yesterday.
PICTURE ANISTO ALVES
On December 7, the Bill failed
to get the required three-fifths
majority. Although 21 Government
MPs supported the legislation, 12
Opposition MP's voted against it
and there was one abstention.
The Anti-Gang Bill 2017 seeks to
maintain public safety and order
by discouraging membership
n criminal gangs, suppressing
criminal gang activity and other
related matters. It makes it an
offence to be a member of a gang,
be in possession of a bullet-proof
vest, participate in, or contribute
to, gang activities, support or invite
support for a gang, or harbour or
conceal gang members, or recruit
persons to a gang.
A San Fernando mason was
granted $175,000 bail when he
appeared before a San Fernando
magistrate yesterday, charged
with the unlawful killing of Asaf
Richard Dillon, aka Ricky Jai,
35, appeared before Gloria Jas-
math at the Madinah Building
yesterday, mere hours after the
Deputy Director of Public Prose-
cutions, Joan Honore-Paul, gave
directions to charge him with
The charge stemmed from an
altercation between Dillon and
Khan over a inancial debt on De-
cember 23, 2017, at a bar in Gol-
conda. It was alleged that Dillion
slapped Khan in the face. Khan
then fell to the ground and in-
jured his head.
Khan, 52, of Diamond Village,
was taken to the San Fernando
General Hospital where he died
on Christmas Day.
A 31-year-old Las Lomas man
was killed yesterday after he was
stabbed once in the chest follow-
ing an argument with a close fe-
According to police reports, Di-
anand Dookie, of Madras Settle-
ment, Las Lomas #1, was at home
when he had an argument with a
During the argument, the
woman is alleged to have stabbed
Dookie, once in the chest.
He was taken to the Chagua-
nas Health Facility where he died
while being treated.
The woman is assisting police
with their investigations.
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