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Attorney General Anand Ramlogan says every-
one in T&T wants to "act up" over moves to pass
legislation to reduce the number of attacks on
citizens by pitbulls and other dangerous dogs.
He said he would listen but in the end would
act in the best interest of the citizens.
The Government was committed to ensure good
law was passed to ensure the safety of all citizens
from attack by those dangerous dogs. He was pre-
senting a Dog Control (Amendment) Bill for debate
in there Senate yesterday at Tower D, Waterfront
Dealing with suggestions that the dangerous
dogs should not be classified by breed but by
weight, Ramlogan said if that was done people
would say the Government was targeting fat or
"rolly polly" dogs.
He added that if that was implemented people
would breed their pitbulls and they would be mean
and lean killing machines. Ramlogan said that cri-
teria could not work.
Several dog bite victims assembled outside the
Parliament yesterday to demand that the bill be
passed. The Government had issued full-page
advertisement in the newspaper on Monday seeking
to encourage citizens to show their support for
Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi said some of
the protestors had derogatory placards. After speak-
ing with some of them, he said it was clear they
did not know all the details about the legislation.
Al-Rawi said the PNM had concerns about the
legislation. He wanted to know why the original
bill was approved last year with a specified three-
fifths majority but the amendment was being
debated requiring a simple majority.
"This bill requires a three-fifths majority," he
He said the matter was not well thought out
and should be studied by a parliamentary com-
Al Rawi said he was concerned about the Local
Government Ministry being ready with the related
measures for the law to be effective.
He said there were a number of facilities which
were required to be implemented. (RL)
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan says
if there was any wrongdoing and/or cover-
up in the Carnival Saturday death of a
newborn baby during a C-section on his
mother at Mt Hope Women s Hospital it
"will be dealt with and exposed to the full
weight of the law."
Ramlogan gave a brief interview in Par-
liament after naming the members of the
committee set up to probe the death and
related matters in the health sector.
The committee will submit its report to
He said the probe, which is to start imme-
diately, was "not a witch hunt, it is meant
to be a very fair, balanced and unbiased
professional investigation and one that will
speak to the facts."
The baby died after he was cut on his
head during the operation.
Ramlogan insisted the incident was not
to be swept under the carpet, as Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had left specific
instructions on that matter, saying: "We
must take the bull by the horns and we
must wrestle this beast into the ground."
Ramlogan described the death as unfor-
tunate and said the probe must be "trans-
parent and fair and free from fear" and he
would tell Cabinet the recommendations
of the committee should be made public.
He said he did not want any favour from
the committee, which should be able "to
tell us if we fell down, if we did not fall
down and to take a very dispassionate and
professional approach to this matter to pre-
vent similar tragedies."
Saying he was confident there would be
an improvement in the health sector after
the recommendations of the committee
were presented, he said, he did not want
the probers to rush the investigations but
to be thorough.
He asked for there to be "some calm and
restraint" among the population during the
investigation and said people should not
jump to conclusions.
"We must not try, convict and execute
while the investigation is going on because
that will not serve anyone's purpose," he
Responding to the selection of Dr
Petronella Manning-Alleyne to the com-
mittee, Ramlogan said she was chosen "not
just because of her expertise but her will-
ingness to speak out."
Manning-Alleyne is the elder sister of
former prime minister Patrick Manning, so
according to Ramlogan, this probe crosses
the political divide.
An armed man entered the Mayaro Govern-
ment School compound on Monday and molested
eight female pupils.
Police said the man, armed with a knife, entered
the school's playground during the lunchtime
period. He then reportedly approached the stu-
dents, threatened them, then inappropriately
touched them in sensitive areas. The students
ranged in ages from seven to nine.
The traumatised pupils reported the incident
to a teacher who then informed the school's prin-
Parents were called in and the eight were taken
to the Mayaro Police Station, which is obliquely
opposite the school. The pupils were then sent
for medical examination at the Mayaro Health
Police were still searching for the suspect last
night. The man was thought to be a Cepep employ-
ee but investigators are yet to confirm that.
Angry parents are now demanding that security
at the school be beefed up and are contemplating
protest action against the Ministry of Education
Parents said Cepep workers are allowed on the
compound to do work during school hours and
they are now calling for this to be stopped. Parents
said with all the reports of crime against children,
they hoped the matter was not swept under the
Baby Simeon will be buried today at the
Trees of Righteousness Church, Enterprise,
His mother, Quelly-Ann Cottle, who ini-
tially wanted a second autopsy done said
she had decided it was best to put her son
"Let him go home. At the end of the day
I will get my justice," Cottle said yesterday.
Cottle, 38, went to the Mt Hope Women's
Hospital on Carnival Saturday to have a C-
section operation. During the operation the
baby's head was cut. The doctor who did
the surgery has been suspended with basic
Cottle was hoping to get another doctor
to do a second autopsy but said she did not
have the money to do so.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan, who com-
mented on the family's wanting another
opinion, said: "That's how it is in this coun-
try. Everybody likes second and third autop-
"But we have faith in our people who
have done the autopsy. They are professionals
in their own right."
He said Cottle could have told the regional
health authority she wanted a second autopsy
so as to obtain whatever assistance neces-
"As minister I have to stay out of it and
the regional health authorities, they are the
ones to assist in that regard because they
are the ones giving the counselling.
"But at the end of the day, after the second
autopsy, it may show the same thing, or it
may show something different and then you
may have to go to a third. So you would just
prolong whatever it may be," Khan added.
He said the ministry intended to take the
results and show them to another pathologist
On the independent investigation, he said
that was completely in the hands of Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan.
Khan was fielding questions from the
media at the launch of a public volunteer
programme at the ministry at Park Street,
Baby Simeon's funeral today
AG as probe team into C-section death named:
There'll be no cover-up
Chair: Retired judge Mustapha
Members: Dr Petronella Manning-
Alleyne, neonatologist and former head
of the Neonatal Unit at the Port-of -
Spain General Hospital and Dr Melanie
Clare Davies, consultant obstetrician
and gynaecologist at the University
College of London Hospitals and a
registered member of the Royal
College of Obstetricians and
Cast members during a scene from the play, Circus, Circus, choreographed by Carvalho productions at Queen's Hall, St Ann's,
yesterday. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Armed man molests
eight female pupils
Support for dog
debate outside House
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