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The Caribbean region has been averaging,
on a continual basis, an unacceptable high
rate of murders, averaging around 30 per
100,000 citizens, says National Security Min-
ister Gary Griffith.
He made the remarks at the opening of the
Association of Caribbean Commissioners of
Police at the Hyatt Recency, Port-of-Spain.
The four-day conference is titled: "Working
in partnership to combat trans-national organ-
Griffith said the crime situation in T&T was
an unfortunate mirror image of what was hap-
pening in the wider Caribbean.
"In our country, while we have seen a massive
drop in total serious crimes over recent years,
reaching a 29-year low in 2013, we are still
challenged with the unacceptable high rate of
"Statistics show that more than 70 per cent
of all murders in T&T and the Caribbean region
were committed by firearms as the weapon of
choice of criminals," Griffith added.
He said it was imperative that Caribbean law
enforcement leaders used conferences, like that
of yesterday s, to explore innovative alternatives
to the traditional law enforcement approach,
to develop workable solutions and new methods
to reduce the vulnerabilities commonly exploited
by trans-national organised crime.
"As decision-makers, it is our collective
responsibility to ensure that appropriate policy
is made available to counter those engaging in
trans-national organised crime.
"T&T is pursuing an aggressive legislative
agenda to deliver relevant pieces of legislation
which can further strengthen the ability of our
Police Service to effectively address crime,"
As decision-makers, it was the region s col-
lective responsibility to ensure that appropriate
policy was made available to counter criminals
engaged in trans-national organised crime, he
Environmental activist Dr
Wayne Kublalsingh plans to protest
outside the Office of the Prime
Minister, St Clair, Port-of-Spain,
until the next general election.
He restarted his peaceful protest
outside the Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar s office yesterday
against the construction of the Debe
to Mon Desir section of the Solomon
Hochoy Highway extension to Point
The environmentalist, who spoke
to the T&T Guardian while being
shaded by a tree on Gray Street, St
Clair, said he was prepared to wait
outside of the Office of the Prime
Minister until the election was called
and even beyond that if Persad-
Bissessar continued to ignore the
It was compiled by former Inde-
pendent senator James Armstrong
and a group of 19 technical experts
on the Mon Desir section of the
highway following the intervention
of several groups, including the Joint
Consultative Council (JCC), after a
hunger strike by Kublalsingh in
It recommended three months
later that no further work be under-
taken on the section of the highway
until all of the conditions contained
in the Certificate of Environmental
Clearance have been fulfilled, includ-
ing the need for all the plans spec-
ified in the Environmental Impact
Assessment submitted to the Envi-
ronmental Management Authority,
and for approvals to be obtained
from the relevant agencies.
"We are here to remind the hon-
ourable Prime Minister she must do
the honourable thing and abide by
the Armstrong report.
"We plan to be out here until the
elections and even if the next Gov-
ernment comes in and continues to
ignore the report, we will remain
here," Kublalsingh added.
Kublalsingh went on a 21-day
hunger strike outside of the Office
of the Prime Minister in December
2012 but ended after the Prime Min-
ister appointed Armstrong to review
He has led protests at the Mon
Desir site after complaints that con-
struction vehicles were moving in
on private lands in the area.
He was arrested several times for
the obstruction of police officers in
the exercise of their duties.
"She (Persad-Bissessar) needs to
be more responsible, otherwise why
did we have this hunger strike? Why
was this report commissioned? Why
did they participate in the process,"
He expressed confusion as to why
the report was being ignored by
Government, despite costing it close
to $1 million.
"What does the Prime Minister
want to do? Condemn it to a bin?
Put it on a shelf?" he asked.
Today, Justice James Aboud will
deliver a key ruling in a lawsuit filed
by the Highway Re-route Movement
seeking to stop the project at Debe
"If it is granted, it has all the pow-
ers of an injunction and the con-
tractor will certainly have to stop
work, pending the matter in court,"
Roger Holder chats with environmental activist and leader of the Highway Re-route Movement Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh outside the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Kublalsingh in new protest until next year
As Commissioners of Police meet...
high murder rate
Minister of National Security Gary Griffith, centre, listens to acting Commissioner of Police,
Stephen Williams during the opening ceremony of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners
of Police 29th annual general meeting and conference at the Hyatt Regency ballroom
yesterday. At left is Bermuda's Police Commissioner Michael A DeSilva. PHOTO: MARYANN
Relatives of Wayne Smart,
said they want another autopsy
on his body after one conduct-
ed yesterday revealed that he
died as a result of a fall.
The family were convinced
yesterday at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James that police were
covering up the murder of their
Smart, 44, of Katwaroo
Branch Trace, Penal succumbed
to head injuries at 6.15 am, Sat-
urday at the San Fernando Gen-
According to police reports,
Smart s wife returned home
around 8.30 pm and found him
outside the house, and he
appeared to be drunk. The
woman told police she went to
sleep and woke up two hours
later to check on him.
Smart s sister, Sylvia Soogrim,
said the family was informed
that Smart had fallen and was
bleeding from an injury. The rel-
atives said they found it curious
that a bloodied piece of wood
was found some distance away
from where Smart was found.
They added that Smart s cloth-
ing was changed and "the area
washed down". They plan to
have a second independent
autopsy done.-Jensen La Vende
Penal man dies from fall
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