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Magistrates will continue to do their jobs with-
out fear or favour.
President of the T&T Magistrates’ Association
Alexander Prince said so yesterday in response to
a threat reportedly made to magistrates and court
staff at the San Fernando Magistrates Court.
Prince, in an interview with the T&T Guardian,
admitted he had not been officially informed of
the alleged threat but said the safety of all judicial
officers remained a great concern.
“Any threat to magistrates, as you know, is a
serious concern for us and we will do everything
in our power to ensure the safety or our magistrates
because we have a duty to perform and we will do
it fearlessly,” he said.
The T&T Guardian understands that Princes
Town police jumped into alert mode yesterday after
an anonymous male caller telephoned the Princes
Town Magistrates Court’s main phone line at 1.30
pm and reported he had overheard a prisoner saying
he was going to kill magistrates presiding at the
San Fernando Magistrates Court if he was arrested
again. He also said he heard the man say he would
use grenades to carry out the attack.
At the time of the call to the Princes Town court-
house, Senior Magistrates Debra Quintyne and
Avason Quinlan, wife of acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams, were presiding over matters.
Police sources said court staff contacted police
at the nearby Princes Town station.
With magistrates already rattled by the assas-
sination of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal two Sun-
days ago, police said officers immediately traced
and obtained the caller’s number. He was then
contacted and questioned.
The informant admitted he had previous con-
victions and had spent time at St Ann’s Mental
Hospital but said his information was good. Inves-
tigators went to find the man last evening as they
continued investigations into his allegations.
Prince told the T&T Guardian he was informally
told of the threat but had no official confirmation.
He added: “I cannot say if it is factual or prop-
aganda. There will be those persons who may
attempt to intimidate but magistrates are strong
and we will perform our duties without fear.
“Magistrates continue to be strong, to be fearless
and I know my magistrates, I have no doubt that
they will execute their duty without fear or favour
or malice. We must be fearless at all times.”
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PM sheds tears at Mother’s Day event...
Almost two weeks after prominent state
prosecutor Dana Seetahal SC was mur-
dered, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar says everything will be done and
given to the investigators to ensure those
who committed the act will be brought to
Persad-Bissessar gave the assurance during
an address at a Mother’s Day function at
the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s. The event,
which was originally scheduled to take place
last week, had to be postponed because of
“My Government will not only make every
resource available for the investigation into
this atrocious act of violence against a woman
who dedicated her life to justice, we are also
determined to ensure whoever is responsible
feels the full weight of he criminal justice
system,” the PM said.
Seetahal was killed in an ambush by gun-
men along Hamilton Holder Street, Wood-
brook, while on her way home from the Ma
Pau casino on May 4.
A special team is investigating the killing
and a $3.5 million reward an has been offered
for anyone with information leading to the
successful arrest and prosecution of the killer
or killers but up to yesterday no arrests had
Persad-Bissessar, who fought to hold back
tears during parts of yesterday’s event, told
her guests Seetahal should be celebrated as
“a true mother-figure.”
Persad-Bissessar also spoke about Tues-
day’s death of baby Jaedon Cudjoe, who died
after being left in a car by his grandfather
at Petrotrin Penal compound on Tuesday.
She said many of those in the audience
and throughout the country had been
“moved to deep sadness on hearing the
Persad-Bissessar said: “We pray that God
will bring comfort to Jaedon’s family in their
time of grief and help them to cope with
their unbearable loss.”
She said the incident had caused her to
consider the reintroduction of a media cam-
paign, entitled Know Where your Child Is.
She said that initiative was intended to
encourage parents and guardians to always
keep abreast of where their child was.
During the event, Persad-Bissessar went
to Local Government Minister Marlene
Coudray and embraced her in remembrance
of the passing of her daughter Michelle
Coudray-Greaves in Jamaica last year. Per-
sad-Bissessar was seen wiping her eyes as
she returned to her seat before her address.
(See page A10)
The PM also brought the international
issue of the abduction of more than 200
Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist group
Boko Haram in Nigeria.
According to Persad-Bissessar, the mothers
of these students “have been made to live
trough ongoing emotional torture at the
thought of their daughters being in the hands
of the terrorist group.”
She recalled that the girls, aged between
12 and 17, were abducted on April 14 by Boko
Haram gunmen who stormed their school.
She said: “These terrorists have struck
panic and threat to the lives of thousands
of people and now threats to the lives of the
The PM said Boko Haram was “deliberately
cheating an entire generation of people out
of a future by stealing their opportunities
for an education.”
She added: “This is not only to be con-
demned but must be met with force as harsh
as their tyranny.”
She then called on all citizens to “join
with us in prayer that God will comfort and
give strength to the mothers in Nigeria during
this extremely terrifying time and will look
over these girls and deliver them back safely
to their homes.”
Citizens were also called on to say Psalm
31 with Persad-Bissessar. That Psalm calls
on God to be merciful to those who are in
distress and weeping in sorrow. She said
there was need to remind citizens of those
sad times as they celebrated Mother’s Day.
The PM also spoke of the need for citizens
to be constantly vigilant as they dealt with
the evil and celebrated the good in the world.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar chats with baby Jounieh Gray and her mother Lela
Mc Kenzie during the PM’s Afternoon Tea Party in celebration of Mother's Day at the
Diplomatic Centre, St. Ann’s, yesterday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Prayers for Dana, Jaedon
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