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National Security Minister Emmanuel
George said Government may revisit
legislation to allow off-duty police offi-
cers to remain with their firearms.
He made the comment on Wednesday
in response to the shooting death of Cpl
Terrence Abraham on Tuesday night.
In an interview at Abraham s home on
Battoo Avenue, Marabella, George said
while he did not want to speak on the
issue, it was something at which his min-
istry would look.
He said a military funeral would also
be provided for Abraham which relatives
said yesterday was tentatively set for
tomorrow. There were no arrests up to
Next Monday s debate on the Oppo-
sition s no-confidence motion against
the Prime Minister will be a marathon
one, lasting into Tuesday, Communica-
tion Minister Jamal Mohammed said
Speaking at yesterday s post-Cabinet
media briefing, Mohammed said all Gov-
ernment MPs would speak and were pre-
pared to debate into Wednesday if nec-
The motion was filed by Opposition
Leader Keith Rowley, who is calling on
the Parliament to sanction the motion
of no-confidence against Prime Minister
Kamla Persad- Bissessar and the Gov-
It also targets Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan and Local Government Minister
The motion states that the "UNC-led"
Government, under the leadership of the
Prime Minister, has by various actions"
attacked and conspired to undermine key
institutions of State, including the Judi-
ciary, Office of the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions, the Opposition and the media.
It also states the Attorney General and
the Minister of Local Government and
other ministers "have also participated in
such attacks against these important insti-
tutions of our democracy."
It comes on the eve of the administra-
tion s third anniversary in Government
on May 24.
Debate is due to start at 1.30 pm.
Mohammed said proceedings were expect-
ed to go beyond Monday and into Tuesday.
He said everything would depend on how
many MPs speak.
He said all Government s MPs were
prepared to speak.
PP backbencher Herbert Volney yes-
terday replied "yes," when the T&T
Guardian asked if he would be speaking
during the debate.
Volney, who was fired last September,
said he would defend the Prime Minister
and Government but added his contri-
bution "will be constructively critical."
PNM whip Marlene McDonald had also
told the T&T Guardian on Wednesday
debate was expected to be a marathon
event lasting until Tuesday.
George to look
again at arming
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan says
former Clico executive chairman Lawrence
Duprey should be the one to apologise to all
He was responding after Duprey called on
Ramlogan to apologise in an exclusive Guardian
Media Limited (GML) report in the T&T
Ramlogan s lawyer Donna Prowell said in
a letter to Duprey s attorney on May 3 that
there were rumours about his visiting T&T
on a yacht with friends within recent times.
Duprey denied that in the T&T Guardian
The AG hit back yesterday, saying in a news
release: "It is ironic that such an appeal should
come from the chief protagonist and central
figure in the Clico commission of enquiry in
circumstances where he chose to absent him-
self and not take advantage of the opportunity
to give his side of the story and clear his name.
"Duprey s financial empire crashed in the
most distressing and humiliating manner
amidst a quagmire of allegations of insider
trading, mismanagement and improper finan-
He said while it was heartening that Duprey
has "managed to find work as an international
consultant to restructure societies, it is the
Government and people of this country to
whom the unenviable task of restructuring
T&T has now fallen."
"It is a pity," he said, "that Mr Duprey did
not see it fit to return and assist in the nec-
essary efforts caused by the Clico fiasco. This,
after all, is the country in which he amassed
his fortune and created the wealth that
financed his billion-dollar empire."
Ramlogan said the collapse of Clico "left
in its wake a trail of despair, depression,
destruction and financial ruin. Words cannot
express the frustration and anguish experi-
enced by citizens who lost their retirement
savings and were forced to live on the limited
charity of friends and relatives."
He said the policyholders and depositors
had been demanding answers and explanations
from Duprey to no avail.
The AG said the commission of enquiry
was appointed by the President to provide a
legal avenue for both sides to tell their story.
"To date, no one from the Clico empire,
including Mr Duprey, has apologised to the
thousands of grieving citizens whose hard-
earned savings have been compromised," Ram-
"Perhaps I will consider apologising to Mr
Duprey for querying his whereabouts after he
apologises to the thousands of loyal Clico
customers and taxpayers who must now
finance the expensive bailout."
Ramlogan said efforts to stabilise and resus-
citate Clico had thus far cost taxpayers over
Ramlogan said Duprey, in explaining his
prolonged absence from this country, "has
only created more doubt and confusion."
Duprey was further insulting citizens of
T&T, he said, by his "dismissal" of the request
by the Clico Policyholders group for him to
return the Chaconia Gold Medal awarded to
him in 1999.
In the T&T Guardian report Duprey
responded to that matter by saying: "If they
want it, take it... I don t need it."
(See Page A12)
It's Duprey who should apologise---Ramlogan
The majority of people in T&T are either
tolerant or accepting of homosexuals rather
(LBGT) issues are not as politically dangerous
as politicians think.
These were the results of a survey, funded
by the British High Commission and conducted
by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development
Research Services Inc (CADRES), of attitudes
toward homosexuals in T&T.
The results were announced at a press con-
ference at the All Saints Anglican Church,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday by CADRES director
The information, well received by the local
LBGT community, came on the eve of the cel-
ebration of International Day Against Homo-
phobia and Transphobia today.
The day also coincides with the 23rd anniver-
sary of the World Health Organisation s removal
of homosexuality from its list of diseases and
A CADRES press summary said the survey
demonstrated 36 per cent of the population
could genuinely be described as homophobic
and eight per cent were unsure about the issue.
"Conversely, this means 56 per cent of Trin-
bagonians are either tolerant or accepting of
homosexuals. The acceptance of homosexuality
is greater than the rejection. The survey basi-
cally says T&T is not a homophobic country."
Wickham said the acceptance of homosex-
uality could be because there were a lot of
people in T&T with gay friends.
Lynette Seebaran-Suite of the group Aspire,
which advocates for sexual and reproductive
rights, was at the conference in solidarity with
the LBGT community.
Wickham said a random selection of 1,080
men and women all over T&T from the age
groups 18-30, 31-65 and 65 years and over
were interviewed but a full report explaining
the methodology and limitations of the survey
was unavailable to the media.
He said more women than men were inter-
viewed because there were more women in
T&T than men and noted that women and
younger people were more comfortable with
The latest Central Statistical Office census
states there are more men than women in
Colin Robinson, of Coalition Advocating for
Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO), said
the survey confirmed a suspicion his group
had that T&T was not as homophobic as was
Wickham said the survey found that despite
the largely positive stance of the majority of
citizens, a lot of misunderstanding about
homosexuality still existed. The misunder-
standing was the general belief that homo-
sexuality was a choice.
The CADRES survey also showed if there
were legislative change about homosexuals it
would not affect voters and would have no
significant negative impact for a political party.
Matt Nottingham, political officer at the
British High Commission, who attended the
conference, said the commission had funded
similar studies in Guyana and Barbados because
the LBGT issue was of very high priority to
the British Government.
"The issue of equality and basic human
rights is being recognised by the British Gov-
ernment," he said.
Jeanne Roach-Baptiste, assistant lecturer at
the Institute for Gender and Development
Studies at UWI, said even if the study showed
56 per cent of people in T&T were tolerant or
accepting of homosexuals, the remaining per-
centage against it and unsure was still high.
She also noted there was a big difference
between the words "tolerant" and "accepting.
Gays tolerated in
T&T says survey
Attorney Lynette Seebaran-Suite, centre, chairman of Advocates for Safe Parenthood (Aspire),
is introduced to Barbadian Peter Wickham, director of research at Caribbean Development
Research Services Inc, by Colin Robinson, head of the Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of
Sexual Orientation (CAISO) during a meeting to discuss the survey on public attitudes to
homosexuality on International Day against Homophobia. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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