Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 9th 2013 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Everybody deserves a good
quality of life, including the chil-
dren of Beetham Gardens, says
Sheila Prince, retired police offi-
cer and co-ordinator of the area s
police youth club.
She was speaking yesterday at
the opening of the club s vacation
camp in Beetham Gardens.
Saying the country needed to
invest more in under-privileged
children, she added: "Children
deserve a quality life and a quality
life comes with cost."
She said children in Beetham
Gardens started life at a disadvan-
tage because they lived in a com-
munity which was often described
as lawless and good-for-nothing.
"When you invest in hotspot
areas, where the children are not
privileged to get an opportunity
and are deprived of basic needs,
then you are contributing toward
The youth club, established in
1998, planned to raise the quality
of life of the children through a
two-week vacation youth camp,
During the two weeks, they will
learn about character-building,
table manners, music and chess.
Catherine Boodhoo, an English
teacher at Preysal Secondary
School and a volunteer with the
youth club, will be teaching at the
Describing the children as artis-
tic, Boodhoo said the programme
was centred around art, music,
drama and English and promised
She added: "The education
movement is moving towards skills
training and activity-based learning
so that is what will be pushed here.
"The children are getting away
from the environment and receiv-
ing holistic training."
Saying that children have a habit
of saying everything is "normal,
normal", Prince said: " When you
are in an environment where noth-
ing is right, you begin to feel that
Prince said the camp would
build the children s self-esteem
and teach them how they could
See Page A12
Retired cop: Invest in
Police youth club opens vacation camp
Tropical Storm Chantal was expect-
ed to hit the Lesser Antilles, in the
area of Barbados, last night into this
morning, according to the T&T Met
Caribbean Airlines cancelled flights
to Barbados as a result. In a release
issued shortly before 7 pm last night,
the airline said flights BW410 and BW
411 had been cancelled.
Flights between T&T and St Lucia
have also been affected. Flight BW 434
to St Lucia has been delayed until 3.55
pm and BW435 from St Lucia to
Trinidad will now leave at 5.30 pm.
Shakeer Baig, senior meteorologist
at the Met Office, said T&T may expe-
rience showers and the odd thunder-
shower today as a result of the storm
Chantal is expected to strengthen
today into tomorrow. (See Page A19)
Tropical Storm Chantal stops
flights to Barbados, St Lucia
Members of the Neptune School of Dance perform during the Prime Minister's Best Village Folk Fair at the
Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Lawyers representing former works
minister Franklin Khan yesterday
questioned why their client was
charged with corruption even though
statements from the State s main wit-
ness against him were contradicted
by other witnesses.
Khan s attorney Gilbert Peterson
raised the issue while cross-examining
retired Assistant Police Commissioner
(ACP) Glenroy Woodley during Khan s
ongoing lawsuit for malicious prose-
The case is currently before Justice
David Harris presiding in the Port-of-
Spain High Court. Through the lawsuit,
Khan is seeking to recover almost $1
million in legal fees which he incurred
while defending himself against the ten
Questioning Woodley for a little over
two hours, Peterson repeatedly asked
the investigator what steps he took to
verify accusations that former PNM
councillor Dhansam Dhansook had
made against Khan, former government
minister Eric Williams and other public
officials. "Every time you interviewed
him, he (Dhansook) widened his net of
allegations against persons...That did
not make you suspicious?" Peterson
Peterson also asked why other people
named by Dhansook were not prose-
cuted for corruption.
Woodley said he interviewed everyone
mentioned by Dhansook in his state-
ments to police. He said in keeping with
proper police procedure he recorded
the statements and compiled a file on
the investigation which was reviewed
by the Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP), who instructed that the charges
should be laid against Khan.
Woodley said there was insufficient
evidence against the other persons
named by Dhansook.
Peterson also questioned why Khan
was prosecuted even after the charges
against Williams were dismissed with
Dhansook being declared an "unreliable
and unbelievable" witness by the pre-
In November 2005, Khan, then MP
for Ortoire/Mayaro, was charged with
six counts of misbehaviour in public
office for allegedly receiving a little over
$120,000 in bribes between 2001 and
2003, in exchange for contracts to
Dhansook s company.
A year later, he was charged with
three charges under the Corruption Act
and one for attempting to pervert the
course of justice.
In September 2010, the charges were
dismissed after DPP Roger Gaspard said
the prosecution would be discontinued
because Dhansook had recanted.
According to the evidence, Dhansook
first raised the issue in two letters to
former Prime Minister Patrick Manning.
Manning sent them to the Integrity
Commission, which in turn referred the
case to the Fraud Squad.
Giving evidence last week, Khan
admitted receiving six cheques from
Dhansook but said the money was
repayment on a loan. Senior Counsel
Pamela Elder and attorney Larry Lalla
are representing Woodley and the State.
Peterson is expected to complete his
cross-examination next Tuesday.
Khan's lawyers question
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