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for JUNE 11th 2014
When friends and relatives of slain senior counsel
Dana Seetahal gather at Aramalaya Presbyterian
Church on Saturday to mark today s "40 Days"
milestone since her death, it will be with fond
memories, shadowed by the cloud that her assas-
sination has not yet been solved.
When she was ambushed and shot 12 times, minutes
into May 4, Seetahal, a legend in life the criminal
justice system, ascended in death to icon status---
tragically, on the back of becoming T&T's 157th murder
statistic that Sunday.
On Tuesday the murder rate was 195.
Seetahal's murder came at a point when authorities
were encouraged by a drop in serious crime, save
The ambush along Hamilton-Holder Street in
Woodbrook---a stone's throw from her One Woodbrook
Place residence---and the assassination, clearly a care-
fully planned and executed "hit," has become part of
the stumbling block in Gov-
ernment's anti-crime record,
a key platform for general
The posthumous plaudit of
a national award, which See-
tahal fully deserves, in the
upcoming 2014 Independence
Day honours, may hold cold
comfort in the face of non-
resolution, though the Prime
Minister has vowed to pursue
justice for her.
With international assistance
involved now, National Security Minister Gary Griffith
says, "It's not a cold case, it's as active as it was from
the start. Anything that could be done via international
allies will be done."
Probe leader ACP Wayne Dick said on Monday
there's still nothing he can put into the public domain
at this point.
Seetahal's niece Danielle Francois says, "We have
faith the police can solve this and we're awaiting.
"We're aware of the nature of the crime and that
as a result it might take a bit longer considering they
have to gather all evidence to secure a successful con-
Francois added, "I think of her every day... every
second. Even before I could talk, aunty Dana talked
to me about law and justice, urging me to be the best
"She often told me, It's not enough just to know
a lot... that's selfish; you then must demonstrate that
knowledge effectively and in a way that assists in
"As kids she took my brother and me several times
to the steps of the Hall of Justice and told us that was
where society gets the justice it deserves, and where
she works to ensure justice is served."
It was why Francois pursued a masters degree in
criminal and investigative psychology, her thesis pro-
filing T&T murders---and dedicated it to Seetahal.
Also honouring Seetahal's memory is the Congress
of the People-based Foundation for Politics and Lead-
ership, headed by Tunapuna MP Winston Dookeran,
which holds a symposium on Saturday featuring local
and foreign legal luminaries
seeking to re-engineer the
criminal justice system - one
of Seetahal's pet projects.
The People's National Move-
ment's Camille Robinson-Regis
says the party put ten sugges-
tions to Government which the
PNM would have supported
and would be the basis of the
PNM's anti-crime plans. They include sim-
plifying the mechanisms for appointing a
police commissioner, ensuring a T&T national
as CoP, strengthening all
Police Complaints Authority
powers and an independently
done manpower audit.
The PNM recommends
staffing corporations with 100
municipal police officers, spe-
cialist skills for SRPs, a par-
liamentary standing commit-
tee on crime, making
witness-tampering a serious offence, resump-
tion of an urban renewal programme and
making the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
the final appeal court.
Meanwhile, the Rev Adrian Sieunarine,
who will lead Saturday's memorial of hymns,
psalms and tributes, said, "Dana's death
plunged many to new depths of outrage and
"In the church and Tunapuna, Dana is
fondly remembered as the brilliant child who
always did her best, the adoring aunt who
loved stuffed animals, whose legal mind
shaped T&T's intellectual infrastructure and
who fashioned a better framework for civilised
life and cultured debate.
40 days later---waiting for justice for Dana
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