Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 22nd 2014 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan has accused the watchdog
group Fixin T&T of being
obsessed with him.
This as the group s head Kirk
Waithe issued a media release yes-
terday demanding that Ramlogan
be immediately fired after two
reports on the New Flying Squad
Investigative Unit were leaked into
the public domain.
The reports which were com-
plied by the Police Complaints
Authority and the Police Service
found that Garvin Heerah, who is
currently head of the National
Security Operations Centre and a
former adviser to the minister of
national security, was instrumental
in the facilitation of the unit.
Ramlogan said the reports were
leaked to the media and to PNM
Senator Faris Al-Rawi but was not
passed on to Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar or to himself.
The Attorney General had
described the leaks as "tantamount
to treason and subversion of the
State in a democracy."
Fixin T&T said Ramlogan s
"rants and tirade" further demon-
strated that he was wholly unfit
to hold that office.
It also claimed Ramlogan had
"relentlessly" attacked the media
and openly made false statements
about any non-governmental
organisations critical of the gov-
ernment including Fixin T&T.
In an e-mailed response Ram-
logan said, "Fixin T&T is a branch
of the PNM that masquerades as
an NGO. It is a one-man PNM
splinter sideshow which provides
strategic political support for the
"Mr Waithe has been obsessed
with me since I asked the following
questions which he has refused to
answer in the interest of trans-
Ramlogan said the questions
• Who is financing Fixin T&T?
Is it the PNM?
• Who are the executive mem-
bers of Fixin T&T?
• Does it have a constitution or
does it rely on the PNM s con-
• How was Kirk Waithe elected
as its leader?
• Who are the members? Are
they all members of the PNM?
• What part of Baliser House
does one go to get an appli-
cation form to become a
member of Fixin T&T?
Al-Rawi, who received copies of
the two reports via an anonymous
donor, was also criticised by the
Al-Rawi briefly spoke about the
reports in the Senate but did not
go into details.
Fixin T&T said the handling of
the reports which were dropped
in Al-Rawi s mailbox was "inju-
It also accused Al-Rawi of mis-
representing a key finding in the
report under the cover of parlia-
Al-Rawi: Was an elite squad set
up under PM's nose
In response Faris Al-Rawi said,
"When Mr (Kirk) Waithe explains
to me what he considers injudi-
cious and misrepresented I will
respond to him.
"The Prime Minister who is head
of the National Security Council,
the commissioner of police and
the attorney general who has been
making statements on the law rel-
ative to the commission of an act
of treason all have a lot of answer-
ing to do," Al-Rawi said.
He said the national focus
should be on whether an elite and
unlawful squad had been created
and operated under the nose of
The role of an Opposition, Al-
Rawi added, valued the disclosure
of issues of national importance
and this was particularily impor-
tant in a developing democracy
such as T&T.
He said the potential existence
of an elite squad operating outside
the law had similarities of the one
operated by former police com-
missioner Randolph Burroughs
which fell in great notoriety.
Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan said Fixin T&T did not call
upon Al Rawi to disclose his
"Fixin T&T also did not call
upon Mr Al-Rawi to explain the
various contradictory responses
given to date. They range from
finding the reports in his mailbox
to someone dropping it off at his
law office. It likewise did not see
it fit to call for any investigation
to see who committed this offence.
"If Mr Waithe asserts that it is
the line minister for the PCA that
should be provided with a copy of
the PCA s report, please note that
as acting minister of legal affairs,
I am in fact the line minister for
the PCA and no report was pro-
"A discretion given to any insti-
tution of the State must, in law
be exercised rationally and it is
clear that a copy should have been
submitted to the government given
the clear implications for national
security," Ramlogan said.
In a witness statement to the
Police Complaints Authority
(PCA) former command fleet
officer of the Defence Force
Lester Rodney Gervais said he
was asked by Garvin Heerah,
director of the National Security
Operations Centre (NSOC), to
act in an advisory capacity for
the Flying Squad.
The six-page statement dated
April 26, 2013 detailed meetings
which involved Heerah, retired
Sgt Mervyn Cordner and several
people from various law enforce-
One meeting took place at
Donrich Security Firm at Piarco.
In recounting the meeting Ger-
vais said there was a gathering of
about 50 people and comprised
a mixture of law enforcement
personnel, retired soldiers, serving
soldiers, retired and serving police
officers, officers previously
assigned to the Special Anti-
Crime unit of T&T (Sautt) immi-
gration officers and civilians.
"When the meeting com-
menced Mervyn Cordner and
some members of the group sat
at a head table. Cordner then
introduced me to the gathering
and in doing so was emphatic in
pointing out that my attendance
was in an advisory capacity and
liaison to give feedback to Director
"He remarked I had nothing to
do with their functions and said,
We doing we own thing," the
Gervais said when the meeting
began he observed different
speakers addressing the gather-
He said this confirmed his
knowledge that people had dif-
ferent law enforcement back-
grounds more so when the female
immigration officer spoke in an
"animated manner" and high-
lighted her displeasure over the
behaviour of certain members of
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Anand; Fixin' T&T
obsessed with me
Cordner was doing his own
thing says former advisor
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