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Dana Seetahal was my colleague when we
both served as independent senators from
2000. We sat next to each other and
shared many conversations.
We became friends and exchanged informa-
tion from our separate disciplines during the
period of our tenure as Senators.
I remain enriched by her knowledge, the ease
of our social interaction and her commitment
and dedication to our legal system.
Whatever the circumstances, the killing of
Dana Seethahal overwhelms me with despair,
frustration and near desperation.
Her death is a loss to us all and reveals the
continuing and unabated brutal and destructive
decline of our social order, which we must,
together, arrest in all its aspects.
I extend my deepest condolences to her fami-
ly and relatives who I know were so dear to
My heart goes out to the late
Dana Seetahal's family
after she was murdered in Port-
of-Spain. She was a true patriot
of T&T who devoted much of
her time and knowledge for
more than ten years to help
bring justice to many, as well as
aid the justice system of this
Any time I read her column, it
provided insight about issues
taking place and explained them
effortlessly to the common man
on the street.
Up to yesterday I read her col-
umn where she explained some-
thing so technical and hard for
non-lawyers to understand and
making it simple to understand.
She was definitely one of the
more popular weekly columnist.
Ms Dana Seetahal, SC, fought
cases for the state and clients
for more than ten years and def-
initely provided the best serv-
ices and her expertise.
She even provided her serv-
ices pro bono as a citizen of T&T,
aiding with many of the justice
bills and crucial pieces of legisla-
tion on which I am sure she pro-
vided her best expertise.
I hope her killers are brought
to justice and she is given what
she provided for others.
Once again my deepest con-
dolences to her family.
We have lost one of our sol-
diers of justice.
The assassination of Ms
Dana Seetahal is but an-
other wake-up call for every sin-
gle citizen of this country.
The outrage, shock and hor-
ror expressed should also be
multiplied every single time an
innocent man, woman or child is
This atrocity begs the ques-
tion: was the killing related to
her professional life or was it
related to her personal life?
Unfortunately the Keith Noel
Committee has gone missing,
silent or dead.
Such is the nature of the
beast known as "collective Cabi-
The human mind that put out
this hit and the gunmen who
carried it out came from
What type of family struc-
ture produces gunmen for hire?
When would the powers that
be see that intervention is
needed to prevent these young
men from growing up into a life
At what point do the parents
of these gunmen give up all
hope and accept the fact that
their children are murderers?
On several occasions I have
seen outrage expressed by fam-
ily members when the police kill
a suspected gang member.
However, when a gang member
kills an innocent child, not one
squeak out of these same indi-
The State's apparatus for
gathering intelligence has been
I dare say, in response to my
own question: it's solely be-
cause many "big persons" have
a huge amount of cocoa in the
I wish to express my sincere
condolences to the family and
friends of Ms Dana Seetahal.
Without outside professional help Mr Williams will
be wasting his time if he really intends to try to
find the killers of Dana Seetahal.
The police success in finding killers here who have
escaped the scene of such crimes is very poor.
They lack the experience, and do not have the ability
to find and bring random killers to justice.
This murder has been well planned by an established
and well embedded mastermind of crime, either as re-
venge or the lawyer was about to under take a new
case which would expose some senior criminal.
The large reward may encourage someone to spill
the beans, or could lead to distrust among the killers
and therefore lead to them trying to kill the accomplice
to avoid exposure.
Having said that, we must not forget that our nation
is rife with corruption and paying bribes to avoid the
leakage of vital information could be expected in this
As news of the brazen assassination of Senior Coun-
sel and legal luminary Dana Seetahal reached the
far shores of India and Malaysia, I can only conclude
that this country is now officially in a state of anarchy.
She worked with my wife in the Solicitor General's
office in the early '90s and shared our joy with the birth
of our son in April 2000.
High-powered weapons were used in her execution.
The Minister of National Security boldly declared on
national television Sunday night that the killers will be
brought to justice.
Let us start the count down now.
For many years, and as recent as two weeks ago, I
have spilled my guts out in the local newspapers re-
garding the never-ending murders in this country, in
1. The number of illegal guns that have infiltrated
and continue to infiltrate this country over the past
2. The abysmally-low detection rate of murders in
this country by law enforcement.
Following the assassination, the leader of a particu-
lar political party moaned that "nobody is safe in this
A senior magistrate is reported to have said that she
is now afraid to go to work.
Rampant blue-collar crime has been the number-one
curse in this country for donkeys' years---there seems
to be no end in sight as governments come and go.
The words of Abraham Lincoln resonate in my mind:
"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for
themselves, and under a just God, cannot long retain
Dana Seetahal---July 8, 1954 -- May 4, 2014
Waste of time trying to find
killer without expert help
Dana's death signals state of anarchy in T&T
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Justice needed for
soldier of justice
Was killing personal or not?
Christopher R Thomas
Independent Senator, and chairman
Public and Police Service Commissions
---A TRAGIC LOSS
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