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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Four Venezuelans and one na-
tional from the Dominican Re-
public have been charged with
possession of a firearm and am-
The accused men were arrested
during an anti-crime exercise in
the Erin district over the week-
The five have been identified as
Robert Martinez, 30, of the Do-
minican Republic and Venezue-
lans Michael Herrera 27; Angel
Bravo 24; Adrian Arzolay 23 and
Roger Maijas, 23.
A statement from the Police
Service said the accused were ar-
rested by officers of the Erin Po-
lice Station on Saturday.
It said police officers were on
patrol along Los Iros Beach Road,
Erin, when they stopped a red
Toyota Corolla motor vehicle with
five male occupants.
The vehicle and the men were
taken to the Erin Police Station
where a search was conducted.
The search resulted in officers
discovering and seizing two ex-
tended magazines loaded with
two rounds of 9 mm ammunition,
hidden under the front passenger
seat of the vehicle.
Immigration Division officials
were contacted and confirmed
the four Venezuelans are in the
country illegally but that the na-
tional from the Dominican Repub-
lic was in the country legally.
PC Stephen Ramlogan, of
the Erin Police Station, laid the
charges on Sunday.
Inductees into Trinity College’s Alumni Association Hall of Fame display their awards following an following an
induction ceremony at MovieTowne’s Banquet and Conference Centre at Invaders Bay, Port-of- Spain, on Saturday
night. In photo from left (front row) are Dr David Fajgenbaum, Professor Everard Barton, Johnny Chang, Pastor Clive
Dottin and Brian Moore. Back row, from left, are George Newton, Nigel Grosvenor, Dr Gregory Rawlins and Donald
PICTURE AYANNA KINSALE
one Dominican Republic
national on gun, ammo charges
RADHICA DE SILVA
T&T’s Foreign Affairs Ministry
says the Cedros fishermen de-
tained in Venezuela were free to
return home if they chose since
last week Wednesday and are not
in the custody of the Guardia Na-
In a surprising twist which left
relatives baffled, Keren Israel
from the Ministry of Foreign Af-
fairs issued a statement saying the
men—Awardnath Hajarie, 52, son
Nicholas Hajarie, 26, and friend
Shammi Seepersad, 36, had been
freed since April 11 having ap-
peared in court and granted a
Certificate of Voluntary Abandon-
ment of Venezuela which allows
them safe legal passage out of the
“The Venezuelan immigration
authorities further agreed to re-
lease the fishing boat upon re-
ceipt of ownership documents
provided by the boat’s owner,”
the release said.
The Ministry said it made ar-
rangements with the T&T Coast
Guard for the fishermen to be re-
ceived in T&T waters on Sunday
but when the Coast Guard vessel
was en route to the meeting point,
the Embassy was informed of the
cancellation of the arrangement.
No reason was given as to why.
“The three fishermen are free to
leave Venezuela on their own voli-
tion. Consular officials at the T&T
Embassy have informed that the
fishermen are currently housed
with relatives in Tucupita. While
all diplomatic avenues were pur-
sued to secure the timely release
of the detained fishermen, it was
also necessary to ensure that the
laws and procedures of Venezuela
were fully respected and that due
process was allowed to take place
in accordance with these laws,”
the Ministry said.
However, councillor for Cedros
Shankar Teelucksingh said the
new information was upsetting.
“If they were free to leave, why
didn’t the T&T Embassy make
provisions for them to return to
T&T. Why didn’t we know this?
We could have sent someone for
them! What we have an Embassy
in Caracas for?” Teelucksingh
“How can they come home if
they have no money, no food and
no help,” he added.
Sister-in-law Sunita Hajarie said
they were confused with the new
information released by the Minis-
try. “So long we waiting for news
and now we hearing they could
have come home all the time? I
don’t know much but what they
saying now is very strange.”
Heermatie Sanker said she
was praying that her family will
be brought back home today or
Wednesday. A ferry usually leaves
Venezuela on Wednesday to come
to Trinidad and the three fisher-
men may likely come home then.
The three fishermen were ar-
rested by the Guardia on April 5.
Their arrests were captured by a
Trinmar worker who posted it on
Foreign Ministry: Cedros
fishermen free to leave Venezuela
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