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"We have to ensure we are getting value
for taxpayers money that is spent," she said.
Kumar said there was also the uncertainty
as to what the funds will be used for.
"We can t say for sure they will be used
for criminal activities, but we will never know
Griffith has vowed to pull the plug on gov-
ernment ministers or anyone else who gives
contracts to criminals.
Also contacted yesterday, People s National
Movement (PNM) Laventille West MP Nile-
ung Hypolite said he did not support the
awarding of state contracts to gang leaders,
but questioned exactly how a gang leader
could be identified.
Attempting an answer, he said: "The police
have to bring evidence he s involved in crim-
Hypolite said the Government arrested
8,000 people during the state of emergency
in 2011 under the anti-gang law, which said
a person could be arrested if the police had
a clue they were involved in gang activity.
He said the law is still there.
Asked about the last PNM administration
entertaining gang leaders and giving them
state contracts, Hypolite said: "My view is
that they were presented to the prime minister
as community leaders."
But he added, "State contracts should not
be given to criminals to further their wrong-
doing, whether it was by the last PNM
administration, the present Persad-Bissessar
government or a coming Rowley govern-
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) interim
chairman Robin Montano, meanwhile, said
the party was absolutely dismayed over claims
that the Government was awarding state
contracts to gang leaders.
Montano said he planned to address the
matter at an ILP meeting scheduled for last
night, since Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal
had accused the ILP of harbouring criminals.
"Spanish" part of 2006 peace accord
Beetham community leader Kenneth
"Spanish" Rodriguez was awarded a $2 mil-
lion contract to convert a Housing Devel-
opment Corporation (HDC) apartment build-
ing on Duncan Street into a police post.
Rodriguez was arrested as a gang member
during the 2011 state of emergency and
released without charge.
He was part of a major peace initiative in
Laventille in 2006 among community leaders
in the area, including Sean "Bill" Francis,
Kerwin "Fresh" Phillip and the Sandy broth-
ers. Francis, Phillip and most of the Sandy
gang have been gunned down.
Francis and the others controlled URP and
other government projects in the Port-of-
The Laventille peace treaty, coming after
a period of violence, led to the Crown Plaza
Accord shortly after, between then prime
minister Patrick Manning and the community
Lennox Smith, head of Laventille for
Laventillians, yesterday said Rodriguez was
a part of the area s Council of Elders.
Smith said "if Rodriguez has changed,"
however, he had a right to receive a state
contract like anyone else.
Disputing the idea that contracts fuel vio-
lence, he said: "They are given out to generate
peace and put food on the table."
Smith said gang violence in the area centres
around deep-seated animosity going back
Rodriguez, who was part of a tour of the
police post project on Duncan Street last
Friday with Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal, National Security Minister Gary
Griffith, HDC managing director Jearlean
John and Williams, dismissed questions from
the media as to whether he is a gang leader.
He said he was a community activist and
has never been charged with any offence.
Griffith could not be reached for comment
yesterday and John did not reply to a text
message on the matter. Rodriguez declined
an interview with the T&T Guardian.
The police post project came about after
a period of intense violent crimes in August
by rival gangs in the Duncan Street com-
munity, culminating in the killing of six peo-
ple, including two teenagers.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
and an entourage of government ministers,
including Moonilal, and law enforcement
officials, visited the area shortly after the
slayings. She announced that Building 64
was to be converted into a police post.
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The T&T Government has obtained an extra-
dition warrant for Dutch national Amarnath Jag-
mohan, who is wanted on four counts of uttering
forged documents and one count of possession
of counterfeit currency in another jurisdiction.
The Central Authority, under the direction of
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, was successful
in obtaining a warrant of committal for Jagmohan.
Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, sitting in
the Port-of-Spain Eighth Court, yesterday issued
an order committing Jagmohan to custody to await
his extradition to Singapore.
It is alleged that sometime in May 2003, Jagmohan
visited several moneylenders in Singapore and
attempted to change counterfeit euros for Singapore
dollars. He was also found in possession of coun-
Jagmohan was charged in Singapore but before
his trial he fled the country while on bail. He was
held in T&T on January 29 this year under a pro-
visional warrant of arrest.
Jagmohan was represented by attorney David
West, who, during the committal proceedings, filed
an unsuccessful habeas corpus application on his
client s behalf and also made no-case submission.
The Central Authority, represented by Jagdeo
Singh, Netram Kowlessar, Renee Charles and Kylene
Deosingh, however, defeated those applications and
obtained the extradition warrant.
The authority has been busy on the extradition
front this year.
It was also successful in extraditing Doreen
Alexander to the United States on March 31, 2013,
to face charges of the kidnapping and murder of
Balram "Balo" Maharaj. On August, 23, 2013, Keron
Pierre was also extradited to the US to face charges
relating to a triple homicide and attempted mur-
On February 1, 2013, Andy Nelson pleaded guilty
in the United Kingdom to two charges for conspiracy
to supply and import cocaine. Nelson was extradited
to the United Kingdom on September 14, 2012.
Ramlogan praised the Central Authority for its
hard work and dedication yesterday, saying the unit
continues to successfully perform the critical role
of a key mechanism in stemming the surge of inter-
national crime and maintaining the rule of law.
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T&T to extradite
Dutch national for
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Housing Development Corporation (HDC) managing director Jearlean John, left, goes over
the plan for the Duncan Street police post as then acting prime minister Roodal Moonilal,
centre, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, right, and contractor Kenneth
"Spanish" Rodriguez look on during a tour of the facility last Friday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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