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GEISHA KOWLESSAR and KHAMAL
The United States Department of
Justice yesterday issued a diplomatic
note to T&T s Foreign Affairs Min-
istry for provisional warrants to be
issued for three suspects described
This came as investigators, includ-
ing members of the US Drug Enforce-
ment Agency (DEA), continued their
probe into the seizure in Virginia of
an estimated $644 million worth of
high-grade cocaine concealed in fruit
juice cans originating from T&T.
The drug was seized by US Cus-
toms and Border Protection officers
at the port of Norfolk, Virginia, on
December 20. The shipment was
smuggled in over 700 cans of Trinidad
juices, manufactured by the Citrus
Growers Association, a subsidiary of
Sources said up to late yesterday
the note was still at the Foreign Affairs
Ministry but it was to be forwarded
to the Central Authority which falls
under the ministry of the Attorney
They said even before the note was
dispatched from the US Government,
it had alerted T&T authorities about
Former head of the authority, attor-
ney David West, yesterday said the
issuing of provisional warrants was
done from one central authority to
another but the process could also be
done through the Foreign Affairs Min-
He explained: "If you want to err
on the side of caution and to go
through all the channels, the provi-
sional warrant can be sent to the For-
eign Affairs Ministry, then to the
Attorney General s office and then to
the Central Authority and from there
transferred to officers to make the
"It could also be done directly from
one authority to the other.
"However, I would not read into it
going to the Foreign Affairs Ministry
as opposed to directly from authority
to authority because it really does not
matter either way."
He said once the process had been
completed, an arrest was immediate,
adding: "There is no delay or there
should not be any delay of any sort
because this is treated as a matter of
The diplomatic note, West added,
must contain details of the suspects,
including their names, addresses and
dates of birth.
"The diplomatic note would basi-
cally read the US Government hereby
requests the provisional warrant with
a view to extradition of ... (names of
Defunct company revived
Documentation on Caribbean Sea
Works Ltd shows that even after the
company became defunct when its
owner John Michael O Sullivan died
in 2008 it remained in operation as
certificates of continuance were
repeatedly applied for at the Com-
panies Registry Department of the
Legal Affairs Ministry.
The company s name was then
allegedly used in a trans-national
The T&T Gazette said O Sullivan
died on October 28, 2008 and his will
was probated on January 5, 2009. His
wife, Brigitta, was named as the sole
executrix of the will.
Documents obtained by the T&T
Guardian from the registry and dated
December 13, 2012 show the compa-
ny s registration number was C-1419
(C). They also named Doolin
Ragoonath Mahabir as the only
"authorised officer" of the compa-
ny.The document also named Mal-
colm Browne, of 128, Milford Road,
Scarborough, and Brigitta O Sullivan,
of 107, Windy Ridge, Goodwood Park,
Glencoe, as the directors.
But a former company employee
said Browne also died and soon after
her husband s death Brigitta returned
to Germany as she had no interest in
running the company.
The document bore only the sig-
nature of Ragoonath-Mahabir. It listed
the occupation of Brigitta as "pro-
prietress", while there was none for
Attempts, via TSTT s directory
enquiries, to get a phone number for
Ragoonath-Mahabir were unsuccess-
ful as the number was blocked. In
reply to a request for an address, the
T&T Guardian was told the address
also was blocked.
Notices of change of secretary
showed a year before O Sullivan died,
Browne was appointed company sec-
retary on July 26, 2007.
The notice said Victor Jattan, of
53, Lyndon Street, Curepe, whose
occupation was listed as proprietor,
ceased to be the secretary just before
O Sullivan died.
Where is Victor Jattan?
The name Victor Jattan appeared
throughout the documents. He was
named as the company secretary and
his address was given as 53 Lyndon
When the T&T Guardian visited
the address yesterday, it was a ground-
floor apartment. No one answered
despite several calls.
Neighbours described Jattan as
"always keeping to himself and hardly
interacting with anyone."
They confirmed he worked at
Caribbean Sea Works Ltd.
Marine equipment, they added,
was outside the apartment, including
two boat fender guards.
They said Jattan had not been seen
in a long time and they had been told
he was in Miami at one point.
In 1995, former House Speaker
Occah Seepaul accused Jattan of
defrauding her of $17,000.
There was no one at home on the ground floor apartment of Victor Jattan
(background) at 53 Lyndon Street, Curepe, yesterday when the T&T
The Government is to buy two
vehicle scanners at a cost of $20
million in order to lock down all
ports of entry to the country and
stifle the importation of illegal
drugs and weapons, Transport
Minister Stephen Cadiz said yes-
Speaking at yesterday s post-
Cabinet news conference at the
Office of the Prime Minister, St
Clair, Cadiz said the move to buy
the scanners was initiated before
last week s seizure of $644 million
worth of cocaine in Norfolk, Vir-
ginia, USA. The illegal drug was
reportedly shipped from T&T.
"We are taking steps to ensure
we can close off our ports. We can
manage the ports," he added.
Cadiz said the scanners should
be available in just over six months.
He said a vessel tracking man-
agement system was also to be
installed "to manage our seas bet-
ter, especially the Gulf of Paria. It
is an all-out effort... every single
area we are looking at."
The minister said proper meas-
ures must also be implemented for
goods leaving the country "to
ensure our borders are secured
coming in and going out."
He said there were guns in Toba-
go and there was no facility there
that produced the weapons.
"It is thought that there is some
movement of illegal weapons and
drugs between Trinidad and Toba-
go," Cadiz said, adding that the
plans will bring about "a further
clampdown on the movement of
illegal drugs and ammunition."
Cadiz insisted: "We have to close
off every area that we can find that
we can lock down. We will be
doing that. We will close off all
those holes that we can find... we
will block them."
He said the Government had the
political will to deal with crime
and was committed to doing just
"You are going to see a marked
difference in how we secure the
various ports," he said.
New passenger scanners also
were to be installed at airports,
Asked about the status of the
new $25 million port scanners,
Cadiz said they should be installed
by the end of next month.
In September last year, Trade,
Industry and Investments Minister
Vasant Bharath said the scanners
would be installed by Christmas
last year. Yesterday, however, Cadiz
said the required approvals were
being sought for the equipment to
be installed in a few weeks.
Cadiz also described operations
at the Caricom jetty in Port-of-
Spain as mass confusion, adding
efforts are to be made to rectify
this.He said he would lead a team
of officials to the site today to
determine how operations could
be made more efficient as the pres-
ent arrangement created major
traffic jams on the nearby Beetham
Highway and the car park facility
was not adequate.
Cadiz: Govt to spend $20m on port scanners
DEA close to closing $.6b cocaine case...
Businessmen face extradition
Under the Extradition Act, T&T
may extradite a fugitive to a
requesting country if it is a
Commonwealth territory, or a treaty
has been concluded and the
Attorney General has declared that
the act applies to that country. T&T
is party to a bilateral extradition
treaty with the US.
Requests for extradition of a
fugitive must be received through
the diplomatic channel. Requests for
the provisional arrest (in urgent
cases) may be received through
diplomatic channels, Interpol or a
Once received by the Attorney
General, these requests and their
supporting documents are
examined by counsel in the Central
Authority to ensure they are
complete and conform with the act
and, if applicable, the relevant
The documentation is then sent
to the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP), who will
represent the requesting country in
the extradition proceedings. This
includes obtaining the arrest
warrant from a magistrate and
taking part in the extradition
At the extradition hearing, the
magistrate must be satisfied that
the evidence shows conduct that
amounts to an extraditable offence
and would warrant a trial if the
offence had been committed in T&T.
If so, and if committal is not
prohibited by the Extradition Act,
the magistrate will commit the
fugitive to custody to await a
warrant issued by the Attorney
General for his return.
The act gives the AG the
authority to order the return of the
fugitive to the territory seeking the
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