Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 6th 2014 Contents erously in encouraging the highest standards in the
Describing Seetahal as humble, he said she enjoyed
life to the maximum and also was an ardent
marathon runner and a social livewire in her cham-
bers and in the Law Association.
He said she would be remembered for, among
other things, her frankness and fearlessness in pre-
senting her views on national issues and in court
The COP expressed condolences to her family,
friends and colleagues.
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The execution of Dana Seetahal,
SC is a further reflection of the abyss
the country has descended into,
where public figures are now in dan-
ger of being assassinated.
That was the opinion of the Move-
ment of Social Justice, a former arm
of the coalition government, in a press
statement issued hours after Seetahal
was gunned down on Sunday.
The release said the murder "is not
a random act of violence, but a tar-
geted assassination of a very visible
While assassinations were not new
in T&T, MSJ noted that when gangs
assassinate each other s members, the
police label them as "gang-related"
and for the most part no one had been
brought to justice.
Recalling the killing of another
attorney, Dr Wesley Debideen, nine
months ago at the Grand Bazaar shop-
ping plaza, the Movement said his
murder remained unsolved.
The statement added: "The execu-
tion of an individual of Ms Seetahal s
profile is a clear attack on the insti-
tutions of the State and public figures.
We are now in a new situation where
public officials are, like in Colombia
and Mexico, subject to the danger of
"The extent to which the country
can wrest itself from certain barbarism
depends on the extent to which the
TTPS is able to bring the perpetrators
to justice in the shortest possible time.
"History is not on their side and
no doubt this figured highly in the
planning of those who executed the
The movement called on all sectors
to begin discussing their collective
roles in addressing crime.
T&T becoming like
Mexico, says MSJ
T&T has lost a champion.
So said the US embassy in Port-of-
Spain yesterday as it extended condo-
lences to the family of Senior Counsel
Dana Seetahal, who was murdered on
Sunday morning as she made her way
to her Woodbrook home.
The embassy, in a statement on its
Facebook page, stated: "We trust that,
in response to the brazen attack that
claimed her life, the law enforcement
community will bring the same level
of diligence, intellect, and passion to
this case that Dana consistently brought
to all of hers."
Seetahal, the release said, was a
"friend" and an alumna of the US State
Department s Fulbright Programme.
"She was our frequent partner in
programmes to build the capacity of
T&T s law enforcement and judicial
sectors," the release added.
The embassy expressed its sincere
condolences to Seetahal s family mem-
bers, all of whom "have lost a cherished
member, to the legal fraternity who
have lost a bright light in the struggle
to ensure justice for all, and to the peo-
ple of T&T who have lost a champi-
Yesterday one Facebook user, Frankie
Sammy, in reply to the embassy s state-
ment, asked: "Can you pledge US assis-
tance in bringing her killers to justice?"
US embassy calls
for swift justice
Congress of the People political leader Prakash
Ramadhar has called on citizens, who can bring
to justice the perpetrators who mercilessly gunned
down Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal, to come for-
Expressing shock and horror over the brutal
slaying, Ramadhar said the nation had lost a "most
committed and patriotic daughter and professional"
who made a sterling contribution as an attorney,
lecturer, author in law, Independent senator and
commentator on all political and social issues affect-
ing the nation.
In a press statement, he added: "No effort must
be spared in bringing to justice those responsible
for this most heinous crime against such a prominent
citizen. Everyone who can provide any assistance
to the police to bring the perpetrators to justice in
the shortest possible time must do so. No such
brazen murderous act, carried out with impunity,
must be left unsolved."
Calling her life an inspiration to young attorneys,
Ramadhar said many benefited from her guidance,
as she shared her knowledge and experience gen-
Crime Scene Unit officers gather evidence at the crime scene where attorney Dana Seetahal was killed along
Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook on Sunday. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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