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With Rehanna Ali s killer still
on the loose, her mother and
sister have moved out of their
Myroon Gafoor said she was
taking no chances as she fears
that the "monster" will try to
hurt her and her other daughter,
Police questioned a close rel-
ative, a 48-year-old man, in con-
nection with the brutal killing
but released him on Thursday.
Ali, 29, who endured years of
domestic abuse was chopped to
death at her home in Spring
Trace, Quarry Village, Siparia,
In a telephone interview,
Gafoor said she decided to leave
yesterday. She left her husband
behind. "I cannot lose another
child. I am hearing all kinds of
things, like he want to burn down
the house with three of us in it.
We living in fear," she said.
Ali s funeral service took place
on Friday. The mother said rel-
atives saw the suspect in the
cemetery, but he had police with
"I don t know where he is
now," she said. Gafoor said since
Ali s murder villagers formed a
community watch and are keep-
She said the police told her
they did not have enough evi-
dence to charge anyone, but
investigations are continuing.
"I will not feel safe until he is
behind bars," said Gafoor.
Police confirmed that no one
has been arrested and investi-
gations were ongoing.
Former Chaguanas West MP Jack Warn-
er, referring to UNC deputy leader Suruj
Rambachan recusing himself from the
party s election committee, said others in
the committee needed to do likewise.
Warner said even though Rambachan had
recused himself physically, he will be there
"There will be other Surujs there," Warner
told reporters yesterday, during a visit at the
Bamboo Grove Presbyterian School, which
was holding a family day.
He said he feels Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar is taking too long to
announce the by-election date.
Warner said the same thing former prime
minister Patrick Manning did in stalling the
local government election date is being repli-
cated by the PP Government.
"What we are having here is no different
to what Manning did in his back pocket. But
if the belief is that it did not work well for
Manning and it will work well for the present
regime, then so be it."
Warner could not say if the PM had the
date in her purse or fob, stating that this
will not change the result of the election.
Stating that the voting population in
Chaguanas West had increased from 25,000
to 26,000, Warner said if he gets 25,999
votes in the by-election, he would be dis-
Warner also distanced himself from the
$6.5 million water tender fiasco, saying that
he will not be bogged down by the issue
which took place last November and was
revived as a red herring on the eve of an
election. "This is the era of dirty tricks. Their
aim is to tire and burn me out. That will
Commenting on the emergence of eight
party groups which he described as phan-
toms, Warner said "the evil that is sown
today will come back to haunt us later on.
And I don t understand yet, the kind of don-
key logic that is taking place now in the cor-
ridors of power."
UNC election officer Ramona Ramdial
said that there are 39 party groups in the
constituency, however, Warner said records
show 31 party groups elected within the con-
stituency in accordance with the UNC s con-
...mom, daughter flee their home
Siparia killer still on the loose
Warner on Suruj:
Others should recuse
Former minister of National Security Jack Warner lifts five-year-old Sanjana Ramjit during
a visit to the Bamboo Grove Presbyterian school yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Duke-Westfield could not say when Bharath
tendered her resignation or who would replace
her, stating that "she is still in the role...and we
are working to transition to new leadership within
the shortest possible time."
Duke-Westfield said Bharath had expressed dis-
appointment to make such a decision at this time.
"It is not that she wanted to leave the bank, but
she felt that in the interest of herself and family
that she had to take this decision."
RBC has since thanked Bharath for her services,
"In her position she has made a contribution
to the bank in terms of leadership and steering
the personal banking portfolio," Duke-Westfield
Asked if Bharath s resignation was a great loss
to RBC, Duke-Westfield said, "To say that it was
a great loss...I mean we are not happy to see her
go. It is sad that she had to take this decision at
Asked if Bharath s resignation came as a shock
to the bank, Duke-Westfield said she could not
comment on that.
Questioned if Bharath as well as CEO of
Caribbean Banking for RBC Suresh Sookoo were
asked to leave, Duke-Westfield replied, "There is
no truth to that.
"Mr Sookoo remains CEO of Caribbean Banking
for RBC. He was very much at work yesterday
(Friday). I believe he may be travelling this week
to attend meetings in Toronto."
Alfonso: It would raise some questions
Chair of First Citizens Nyree Alfonso said when
interviews were being conducted for the position
of CEO several months ago, "I was told that
Bharath was getting it and she had not even
Alfonso said there were two high-level positions
at FCB to be filled, none of which Bharath had
The two openings are deputy CEO of banking
and general manager of the corporate banking
unit, which have been advertised.
"Mrs Bharath has never applied to FCB, and I
would know. I imagine the deputy CEO position
would be junior for her. I don t know if the general
manager position in our organisation is about the
same level where she was, or if that is junior to
where she left. Again, I don t know if her forte
is corporate banking or retail banking."
She said RBC structure was vastly different to
FCB. RBC, she said, is highly dependent on Cana-
da.Asked if Bharath would be an asset to FCB,
Alfonso said she couldn t say.
Alfonso said she was unaware of Bharath s job
specification at RBC.
She believes that if Mrs Bharath were to join
the bank there might be a perception that her
husband s position as Minister in the Ministry of
Finance influenced her appointment to the post.
"I would say...I am sure it would raise some ques-
tions whether is it a conflict of interest or not."
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RBC: No truth
asked to leave
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