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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 15, 2014
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar has waived the confiden-
tiality originally imposed on one
chapter of the Report of the Com-
mission of Enquiry into the 1990
In Parliament yesterday, she
announced, "The report contains
four volumes and chapter 12, con-
tained in volume 4, was deemed
confidential and we respect the
commission for this.
"But after due deliberation at the
National Security Commission, the
Government agreed that we would
waive confidentiality and place the
entire report in the public domain.
We did not want the report to be
shadowed. There is nothing to hide."
She congratulated all the com-
missioners on all their work.
The report was commissioned by
the People s Partnership Govern-
ment in 2010 and was presented to
President Anthony Carmona at his
St Ann s office the previous day by
chairman of the commission Sir
David Simmons QC.
The Prime Minister said the report
was important for the country as it
sought to provide "valuable
answers" coming out of that coup
"The report refers to sitting MPs
being victims of unspeakable indig-
nities, of the wanton acts of destruc-
tion of our venerable parliamentary
chamber in the historic Red House.
It reminds us that our Honourable
Prime Minister at the time, Mr ANR
Robinson, and his Minister of
National Security, Mr Selwyn
Richardson, were singled out, badly
beaten and then shot in their legs,"
She said she was saddened at the
downturn in health of Robinson,
also a former President, and whom
she had briefly visited yesterday as
he was currently hospitalised.
"The visit was brief, given the
prevailing circumstances, but I
wanted to convey to His Excellency
the fact that the commission of
enquiry, which he deeply urged I
should establish, had completed its
monumental task and had presented
its report to the President.
"Mr Robinson called for this
report for so many years and strong-
ly urged that any government I
should lead should set up a com-
mission of enquiry. He was central
to the events that unfolded when
insurgents stormed the Parliament
on that fateful evening of July 27,
1990," she said.
Persad-Bissessar read out to Par-
liament a number of the report s
She said there was a problem with
intelligence-gathering and intelli-
gence-sharing by the relevant agen-
cies, as the report had found.
She also said the sharing of infor-
mation was a factor that affected
the law-enforcement agencies being
prepared, quoting the report as say-
ing intelligence-gathering "was loose
Persad-Bissessar spoke about the
"interesting discovery" by the com-
mission of the "kneejerk decision"
to establish the Special Anti-Crime
"SAUTT," she read from the
report, "was not an organisation
that was welcomed by most arms
of the security structure, because it
was seen to be doing things that
other people were already doing and
there was a perceived duplication
She said what SAUTT failed to
do the National Operations Centre
is doing now, since it was set up by
Prime Minister Kamla
holds the confidential
section of the
Enquiry into the 1990
attempted coup while
with from left
Labour, Small and
Cadiz, Sport Minister
Anil Roberts and
Hadeed. The report
was presented to
chairman of the
commission Sir David
Speaker Wade Mark yesterday
denied a motion by Opposition
MP Dr Amery Browne seeking
an urgent debate on the Carnival
Saturday death of a newborn
baby at Mt Hope Women s Hos-
The baby died minutes after
he was born after a C-section on
his mother, Quelly Ann Cottle,
38. The child s head was cut dur-
ing the surgery.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan
told legislators later that Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan was to
commission an independent
investigation into the death.
Browne s attempt was to have
all business of the House sus-
pended to allow for a full debate
on the incident. He said the mat-
ter related to "the failure of the
Government to properly address
the incidents of horrific outcomes
in the health sector."
He said: "There has been an
alarming epidemic of neglect and
negligence within the health sec-
tor," as the country "continues
to experience unacceptable levels
of perinatal, infant and maternal
mortality; injuries related to
healthcare procedures; negative
complications due to botched
surgeries; alleged exploitation of
patients and possible criminal
He said the matter should be
debated urgently because the
country had been horrified in
recent months "by a sharp
increase in medical atrocities."
Browne said one such atrocity
was "the inexcusable, agonising,
traumatic death by deep cranial
laceration of a newborn citizen
at the Mt Hope Women s Hos-
He said citizens felt unprotect-
ed because of the possibility of
a recurrence and levels of trust
in the sector had been reduced
to an all-time low.
Browne also alleged that there
was "a medical mafia in exis-
tence." He told legislators there
was the public perception that
there were "many levels of cover-
up and concealment that would
prevent the truth from emerging
in these circumstances."
Mark denied leave to debate the
issue, saying it did not qualify.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan
described the recent death of a
newborn at the Mt Hope
Women s Hospital as an "adverse
event" in a ministerial statement
in Parliament yesterday.
It was an obvious reference to
the Carnival Saturday death of a
newborn baby boy who died after
a C-section was performed on his
mother, Quelly Ann Cottle. The
child s head was cut during the
surgery and he died minutes later.
Khan told legislators Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan would
undertake an independent inves-
tigation into that adverse event,
and he could say no more on it.
Earlier in the same statement
he said the country s under-five
mortality rate in 2002 was 27.4.
It had since decreased by 41 per
cent to 16, he added.
The minister told legislators that
approximately 64 per cent of the
under -five mortality rate occurred
during the neonatal years, adding
that, prematurity accounted for
58 per cent of those neo-natal
He said: "We have been saving
babies in the last couple years of
22 and 23 weeks gestation, at
under 400 grammes."
He pointed out that the neo-
natal rate was 20.2 in 2002 and it
decreased to 9.4 in 2008.
He said the infant mortality rate
had decreased to 13.2 and the
maternal mortality rate in 2010
was 46 and was decreasing.
He said the Government was
doing all it could to address these
specific health issues. RL
no to Browne's
Khan: AG will investigate newborn's death
The report is publicly available
on the Parliament Web site at
READ THE REPORT
PM lays Coup enquiry
report in Parliament
Dr Amery Browne
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