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Court rules in
Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie will rule
on the no-case submission in Ian Alleyne s trial
for resisting arrest the day after the St Joseph by-
McKenzie decided to postpone her decision after
attorneys yesterday engaged in fiery negotiations
over the date for his return to court, noting it could
clash with his political affairs.
After state prosecutor George Busby presented
his submissions at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates
Court, he said the court should give the ruling
before the November 4 election, as Alleyne might
be busy afterwards.
Alleyne s lawyer, Israel Khan, SC, noted that his
client was a candidate in the election and suggested
the ruling should be given a couple days later.
McKenzie eventually reached a compromise and
adjourned the case to November 5.
Khan, making arguments in support of the no-
case submission on October 7, had claimed that
Alleyne s arrest in April last year was illegal, as the
police did not have reasonable cause to suspect he
had committed an offence.
Yesterday, Khan said while it was undisputed
that Alleyne resisted the police, he could not have
committed an offence if his arrest was illegal.
Khan also claimed Alleyne s arrest should be
deemed illegal because the police failed to imme-
diately inform Alleyne of the grounds for it before
In response, Busby said the submission should
"The arrest is plainly lawful. From the evidence
it is clear that they had reasonable cause," Busby
He said on the night of Alleyne s arrest, the police
displayed "remarkable tolerance" and were only
required to inform Alleyne of the detailed grounds
for his arrest when it was reasonably possible.
He said while they were waiting for Alleyne to
leave the building, an "unruly" crowd had gathered
at the entrance and exits of CCN s compound and
police had to act quickly to prevent a breach of the
peace. He said because of Alleyne s actions it was
impossible for the police to explain the grounds for
the arrest to him immediately.
Alleyne is charged with resisting ASP Ajith
Persad in the execution of his duties.
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.
Alleyne was eventually charged three times
under Section 32 (2), which makes it an offence to
reveal the identity of a rape victim during a
broadcast. He pleaded guilty and was fined
He maintains his innocence on the resisting-
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Sookoo, who owns Charran s Electronics,
said his business is suffering because of the
"People are sceptical about coming to my
business. I have a small establishment where
I fix electronics like printers, fax machines,
televisions. My business has suffered a couple
thousand dollars well."
He said he has visited the AG s home
twice to fix his television.
"His wife has my number. I went to the
AG s home twice to fix his TV. It is so unfair
that he will do that to me."
Sookoo said he came from a prominent
His father, Chan Sookoo, was the public
relations officer of the National Alliance for
Reconstruction (NAR) and in 2012 he was
given a national award for excellence in edu-
cation. Sookoo s son Brandon, a national
scholarship winner, is expected to graduate
with honours in law.
He said despite the allegations he did not
regret getting involved in politics.
"I am so disappointed that the campaign
has dropped so low. In all my years, I have
never seen politics so dirty. The campaign
has gone to the dogs," Sookoo said.
"I entered politics because I feel I can do
something for my people. This is not about
He said if elected he will develop com-
mittees to cater to the needs of citizens.
AG: No apology from me
Contacted yesterday, Ramlogan said he
would not apologise to Sookoo because he
had not seen documentary evidence that he
was not a deportee.
"I said on the platform that an allegation
has been made that Sookoo was deported
because he was accused of stealing elec-
tronics," he said.
"I invited him to clear his name. I called
upon everyone to clear the air and refute
the allegation if it is untrue."
Asked if he had checked Sookoo s records,
Ramlogan said: "For those whom I indicated
had been convicted, yes, we checked their
criminal records. For those whom I indicated
had pending matters before the court, yes,
we checked those records, and the fact that
one candidate out of 18 has come forward
to rebut this allegation, to say that it is not
true, doesn t say very much for the 17 others
who have remained silent.
"The charges and convictions against ILP
candidates range from drug trafficking and
gun possession to robbery with violence and
fraud. Those are far more serious offences."
He said Sookoo should be thanking him
for the opportunity of clearing his name
instead of demanding an apology.
'AG's wife knows me'
UNC deputy leader Dr Roodal Moonilal has
named 16 candidates from the ILP he claimed
had pending or previous matters in the
courts. Moonilal claimed the ILP was
The offences include assault and battery,
kidnapping, rape, theft, fraud, embezzlement,
larceny of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen
property, robbery with violence, robbery with
aggravation, trafficking narcotics, possession
of narcotics, illegal stay, illegal entry,
possession of illegal firearms, shooting with
intent, possession of ammunition, indecent
assault, obscene language, malicious damage,
throwing missiles, obtaining money by false
pretences, and begging by false pretences.
Moonilal claimed that ILP candidate for
Morvant area in the San Juan/Laventille
Regional Corporation Kerwin Bucchan was a
Bucchan, who was granted bail on recent
charges of possession of a firearm and
ammunition and shooting with intent,
remains a candidate for the October 21
Moonilal also questioned whether ILP think
tank member and candidate for Carlsen
Field/St Mary's candidate, Kenneth Roach,
was the same man who was fired from a
company in the East- West Corridor after
being found in impropriety.
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