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The new lead attorney representing tel-
evision host Ian Alleyne yesterday made
a no-case submission in his case for
allegedly resisting arrest.
Israel Khan, SC, made the submission
when the case came up before Senior Mag-
istrate Annette McKenzie in the Port-of-
Spain Fourth (A) Court yesterday.
Alleyne is the host of the Crime Watch
television programme, which airs on CNC3.
When he and his client appeared before
the magistrate, Khan claimed Alleyne s arrest
was illegal because the police did not have
reasonable cause to suspect Alleyne had
committed an offence.
"If the arrest is unlawful, he could not
be resisting," Khan said.
He said for the arrest to be legal, the
police should have properly informed his
client of the grounds for his detainment
and the specific offence he was alleged to
"You cannot go and pick up a person and
just say: You are a suspect, " Khan added.
He said that amounted to a breach of a
citizen s constitutional rights.
Khan said when Alleyne was arrested,
police also did not have a warrant and there
were no charges against his client.
The charge stems from Alleyne s arrest
on April 19, 2012 while he was suspected
of committing offences under the Sexual
Offences by airing a video that identified
an under-age rape victim.
The video was aired on the Caribbean
Communications Network (CCN) TV6 on
several occasions between October 24 and
Alleyne was eventually charged three
times under Section 32 (2) of the legislation,
which makes it an offence to reveal the
identity of a rape victim during a broadcast.
He pleaded guilty to the three offences
on March 19 and was fined $30,000. He
has, however, maintained his innocence on
the resisting-arrest charge.
During the hearing, state prosecutor
George Busby tendered the witness state-
ments of five police officers into evidence.
The officers are ASP Ajith Persad, Insp
Harvey Jawahir, Cpl Andre Lopez, PC Chris
Hosten and WPC Claudia Cabie.
Alleyne is alleged to have resisted while
Persad was in the execution of his duties.
Khan was given the opportunity to cross-
examine the police officers but declined.
Busby asked for additional time to con-
sider Khan s submissions and McKenzie
adjourned the case to October 18.
Alleyne also is being represented by Larry
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne makes his way to the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court
yesterday followed by his attorneys Larry Lalla, left, and Israel Khan, SC. PHOTO: DEREK
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For yet another week, students of the Pleas-
antville Secondary School will have to stay home.
When they showed up for their first day yesterday,
they were greeted with mosquito-infested ponds,
exposed electrical fixtures and unfinished box drains.
It has been five weeks since the term started.
Because the school is still dilapidated and closed,
some parents are now contemplating transferring
their children elsewhere.
A meeting between the Public Service Association
(PSA), parents and teachers yesterday yielded little
result, and students were sent home at 11.30 am
So upset were parents yesterday that treasurer
of the National Parent Teachers Association (NPTA),
Clarence Mendoza, said they plan to take their com-
plaints directly to Education Minister Dr Tim
Mendoza said the Ste Madeleine Secondary
School, Southern Academy of Performing Arts
(SAPA) and the University of T&T s (UTT) Corinth
Campus had turned down requests to temporarily
house the students.
Onike Snell-Richards and her husband Randy
Richards have opted to transfer their 16-year-old
daughter to a private school, since she is expected
to write the Caribbean Secondary Education Cer-
tificate (CSEC) next year.
"The action I have taken is to move my child
until the situation comes back down. For A-levels,
yes, she will come back, otherwise I am not seeing
it happening. It is not a quick fix," Snell-Richards
"I have chosen to transfer her to a private insti-
tution and pay for whatever additional lessons to
make up for the time she has been out of school
and to pay as well for the tuition for the entire
She said although the school will be closed for
a week to facilitate repairs, she doubts it could be
completed within that time.
Parents said principal Phillip Allard told them
the school was ready to be used by teachers and
However, they said after a tour yesterday they
were convinced it was far from ready for occupa-
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The e-mails were raised in
Parliament by Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley during his no-
confidence motion in May
against the PM.
Politics breaks friendship
Alleyne said yesterday he was
disappointed and saddened by
the loss of his friend, saying he
believed Lalla had allowed polit-
ical issues to influence him.
"He brought politics between
our friendship," Alleyne said.
Contacted yesterday evening,
Lalla said he was not willing to
"I will not enter the debate.
I spoke on it briefly this week-
end. I don t want to say anything
to jeopardise the situation," Lalla
Asked about the request for
his image to be removed from
Crime Watch promos, Lalla
declined to comment, describing
that issue as "sensitive."
Stop Crime Watch promos---lawyer
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