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The Public is hereby notified that Marie Street will be
closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic w.e.f. 13th
May, 2014 for a period of (21) twenty one days due to
the construction of a box culvert.
Alternative route will be Railway Road via Ramsaran
Street and Market Street, Chaguanas.
Please be guided accordingly.
Sgd. Mr Ashmead Mohammed
Chief Executive Officer
Chaguanas Borough Corporation
Colleagues of three T&T-born
Imams detained in Venezuela say
authorities there gave a release
order for the trio last Friday and
their families expect them home
Attorney Nafeesa Mohammed
indicated this yesterday, claiming
the trio was expected home immi-
nently. The three are Hamza
Mohammed and Sheik Hassan
Hamid of the Las Lomas mosque
and Abdul Salaam of Marabella
Jamaat, Mohammed said.
They were among a group of T&T
nationals detained in Venezuela on
The Imams were separate from
the group. Fifteen women and chil-
dren from the group were later
The Imams were detained under
Venezuela s terrorism act. T&T had
appealed a ruling by the Venezuelan
authorities that the trio be held with-
out bail. Deadline for hearing was
the middle of this month.
Families of the Imams hired
Venezuelan lawyers in addition to
T&T embassy representation.
Yesterday Mohammed said while
she didn t speak to the attorneys
herself, she and others here received
word from a Caracas-based indi-
vidual that the Venezuelans made
the release order last Friday and that
there was no case against the trio.
She said they were told some
paperwork had to be done for the
release, "and it seems that s taking
place. We expected they would have
been physically out of the premises
"But we ve learned they have to
be medically examined which was
supposed to have been today (Tues-
day) and there are still some doc-
uments to be sorted out before they
leave. So it seems it s taking a while."
Mohammed said she d heard For-
eign Affairs Minister Dookeran had
spoken about the "release" last
weekend. Dookeran didn t answer
Rear Admiral Richard Kelshall,
who was appointed to spearhead
efforts on the issue, was unavail-
senator attorney Larry Lalla
started off in the Senate yes-
terday by assisting Govern-
ment from a frontline position
with the Nurses and Midwives
Lalla was appointed to act
for senator Embau Moheni,
who was absent.
Also appointed to act in the
Senate temporarily was trade
unionist Christopher Joefield,
in the absence of the Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan, who
is overseas. Joefield was once
a temporary UNC senator
under the Panday administra-
tion and is a Public Service
Association first vice presi-
Lalla, a Central Bank direc-
tor, is a former Supreme Court
judge. Educated at Florida
International University (Col-
lege of Law) he is a trial and
appellate lawyer with ten years
experience in T&T and is also
a member of the New York bar.
While Lalla occupied a
backbench seat soon after
being sworn in, he was shifted
to the front bench when Senate
proceedings moved into com-
mittee stage of the Nurse and
Midwives Amendment Bill,
piloted by Health Minister
Committee stage involves
going through clauses in a piece
of legislation, either clarifying
the drafting or changing seg-
ments before the bill is agreed
to (or not) by the Upper House.
Lalla s job was to assist Khan
and Health Ministry tech-
nocrats with clauses as senators
went over each one.
Congress of the People
leader Prakash Ramadhar, who
came to the Senate to see Lalla
sworn in, congratulated him
heartily, saying Lalla served in
his former chambers.
Lalla was among attorneys
delivering tributes at last
Thursday s funeral for mur-
dered senior counsel Dana See-
tahal and was also on the scene
of the killing, in Woodbrook,
on May 4.
Detention of Muslims in Venezuela
Three Imams released
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Temporary senator shifts into high gear
Temporary government senator Larry Lalla, second from left, with Ministry of
Health technocrats, and Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan, left (back to camera),
during yesterday's sitting of the Senate, Tower D, Waterfront Centre, Port-of-Spain.
PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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