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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Belmont residents who signed up for the Ministry of Sports anti-crime
initiative, LIFE Sport Programme, play a game of windball cricket at the
Queen's Park Savannah under the midday sun. The programme also hopes
to bring about social transformation in the lives of young men to help them
make informed decisions, manage their money, communicate effectively
and build healthy relationships. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
HITTING AGAINST CRIME
Independent senators up to yesterday
evening were preparing for today s
debate on the Bail (Amendment) Bill.
At least three said they would decide
on how to vote when the call was made.
The Government requires the votes of at
least four Independents today to secure pas-
sage of the bill in the Upper House.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan will
present the legislation for debate in the Par-
liament Chamber, Tower D, Waterfront
Complex, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain,
at 1.30 pm. It seeks to provide for bail be
denied to repeat offenders for a four-month
period. Ramlogan said the bill was one of
the Government s legislative measures to
It was approved in the House of Repre-
sentatives on Friday with the required three-
fifths majority vote. In the Senate the Gov-
ernment has only 16 senators and requires
20 votes from the 31-seat chamber. The six
Opposition senators are expected to either
abstain or vote against the measure.
Independent senator Subhas Ramkhelawan
said yesterday he was unsure how his col-
leagues would vote as each of them would
do so according to his individual conscience.
He said the Independents were "essentially
nine separate republics and when it comes
to voting they vote on their own independent
He said citizens were "very concerned
about the scourge of criminal activity and
this will be taken into account and will be
balanced with the fundamental rights of
those charged with committing crimes."
His colleague, Helen Drayton, said she
was still in the process of doing her research
for presentation in the debate.
She said she would also have to await the
presentation of Ramlogan, senators and
responses and the deliberations in the com-
mittee stage (where amendments are made)
before deciding on how she would vote.
Another Independent senator, David Small,
said he was neither in favour or against the
"I am not for it, I am not against it," he
said in a brief interview yesterday. Small
said something was missing from the package
and he was not sure the bill would be able
to achieve the desired objective with nec-
essary support measures being in place.
Bill 'an affront to rights'
In a commentary published today (See Page
A23), top constitutional attorney Douglas
Mendes, SC, said the bill was "an insidious
affront on the rights of the individual to rea-
sonable bail, when charged with a criminal
offence, to be presumed innocent until proven
guilty and to have both these rights interfered
with only by an independent judicial officer."
He said the legislation violated constitutional
rights and there was no doubt there was no
justifiable basis for it.
Mendes said if the bill was passed in its
current form an individual after serving a ten-
year sentence, would be liable to be imprisoned
for four months immediately on being charged.
Mendes explained: "That period can be
extended indefinitely as long as some evidence
is led before the court during that period."
He said a person would serve a mandatory
minimum additional prison term of four
months or longer because of his previous con-
viction and because a police officer determined
that there was sufficient basis for a new charge.
Bail (Amendment) Bill in Senate today...
Independents still undecided YVONNE BABOOLAL
A pall of gloom hung over the law chambers
of Karl Hudson-Phillips, QC, 33 St Vincent Street,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday with staff appearing
shocked by his passing.
Hudson-Phillips, 80, a former judge of the Interna-
tional Criminal Court and attorney and shaper of politics,
died in his sleep last Thursday in London where he had
gone to celebrate his son s birthday. Yesterday, staff
opened a condolence book in his office from 8 am
which will remain open until Friday. By midday about
16 people, mostly members of the legal fraternity, had
signed it. There was no sign of any legal work being
done and staff moved around silently, somewhat dazed.
Elaine Green, niece of Hudson-Phillips, and a member
of his chambers, was too traumatised to do an interview,
she said. "I prefer not to," she told the T&T Guardian.
"It s a deeply personal loss. It was not just a professional
relationship, it s personal. He was my uncle."
Green said funeral arrangements for Hudson-Phillips
were still being finalised and his body was still in
London. Asked when he would be flown home, she
said: "That s all I am prepared to say." Erica Fraser, law
clerk/receptionist for six years, said she was "very trau-
Staff said Hudson-Phillips last visit to the chambers
was last Tuesday, two days before his death. They said
they had no idea he was ill. He is survived by his wife,
Catherine, children Jennifer, Kevin and Sarah.
Gloom as condolence
book opened for Karl
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