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National Security Minister Emmanuel
George says he hopes his ministry is allo-
cated more than $5.5 billion in the Sep-
tember 9 budget.
In an interview, after the opening of a
human trafficking conference at the Police
Training Academy, St James, yesterday,
"I look forward to getting, if not more,
at least the same allocation we received
for the past fiscal year."
In the 2013 budget, the National Security
Ministry was allocated $5.5 billion, its
In 2012 it was $5.1 billion; in 2011 $4.7
billion; 2010 it was $4.1 billion and in
2009 it was $4.7 billion.
While speaking to reporters yesterday,
George said the high allocation would
enable his ministry to implement new
"One hopes the funding that is made
available is able to allow the ministry to
do the work necessary to keep crime at
bay and to address all the other areas of
the ministry that need addressing," he
He said some of the divisions of his
ministry which required additional funding
were Immigration Division, Cadet Forces
and the Fire Services.
However, George was careful to note
that ministries did not always receive their
"We know that will not happen so when
we get the amount that is allocated then
we will know what we can accomplish
during the fiscal period," George said.
He also dismissed allegations of mis-
management of finances in his ministry
with special reference to the $6.5 million
price tag for the wrecking of a fire tender
which fell off a cliff in Blanchisseuse last
"Accidents will happen. I cannot guar-
antee there will be no wrecking of fire
trucks or police vehicles or whatever," he
said. George, who was formerly a senior
public servant, came to the defence of
"Permanent secretaries, in whom the
responsible of the ministry s finances lie,
don t waste public funds. It is not part of
"In fact there is always a drive to get
value for money when money is expended,"
When asked about Government s latest
crime plans, George said several initiatives
were discussed at a meeting of the National
Security Council last week.
He said measures discussed dealt directly
with a recent upsurge in murders and other
"The measures are meant to suppress
the crimes. You cannot eliminate them
completely and we hope the measures will
help to suppress crime," George said.
Although he did not reveal details of
the anti-crime measures, he said some
were already implemented by the police
while others will be instituted in a couple
Premchan Rampaul is being closely moni-
tored by doctors who have advised relatives he
could still lose his leg.
"The tissue in his leg is badly damaged. If it
does not heal and the oozing doesn t stop they
will have to take the leg," his brother Ramnaris
Rampaul said yesterday.
Standing at his brother s bedside at Ward Four
of the San Fernando General Hospital, Ramnaris
said he was concerned about the health of his
brother and the entire incident.
"I don t like how this thing going. The Attorney
General should take responsibility. It was one of
his vehicles, Ramnaris said.
Rampaul, 57, suffered a broken right leg after
he was struck by one of vehicles in the Attorney
General s security detail during the Chaguanas
West election on July 29.
He has since undergone two operations on his
leg. The second was performed last Friday at
the hospital because his leg was not healing prop-
Rampaul, who also suffers with diabetes, said:
"I doing alright but the sugar was 297 this morn-
However, he said by yesterday afternoon it
went down to 97. He said the Attorney General
had visited him at the hospital and assured him
that the insurance would take care of everything.
He was also visited by Chaguanas West MP Jack
Investigators have already taken a statement
from Rampaul at the hospital which will be
included in the file they are preparing to send
to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The file was expected to be sent last week but
it is still being worked on, a senior officer said.
Chaguanas police are investigating.
A 25-year-old man was shot dead near
his Laventille home on Monday evening,
raising the murder toll for the year to 235.
According to reports around 6.30 pm,
residents of Building Four, John John,
Laventille, reported hearing gunshots.
They told police when they looked out-
side they saw a gunman chasing after one
of the neighbours.
A couple minutes later, the residents
reported hearing another set of gunshots.
Officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force
(IATF) and the Port-of-Spain CID respond-
ed to the area where they found Akeem
Baptiste lying in the middle of the road
near to the building complex.
He had several gunshot wounds about
his body, including one to the head. He
was pronounced dead on the scene by a
District Medical Officer (DMO).
Police believe Baptiste was shot several
times and when he collapsed, the gunman
stood over his body and shot him again.
Investigators said several spent shells
from a high-powered gun were found near
the scene. Baptiste was well known to
police and his killing has been classified
Sgt Sheldene Bacchus of the Region One
Homicide Bureau is investigating.
George wants more
$$ from budget
Ramnaris, right, and his brother Premnath
Rampaul who was knocked down by a vehicle
from the Attorney General's office on the date of
the Chaguanas by-election last month, at the
San Fernando hospital yesterday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Man shot dead near home
still lose his leg
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