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Six members of the Rasta City
gang in Laventille called for a
house and two million dollars
each to spare the life of Life Sport
deputy director Ruth Marchan.
The men had already been paid
to carry out the hit when Marchan
met and negotiated with the gang
members in a bid to save her own
Marchan, 34, in an interview
with the Sunday Guardian, said
she made five trips to Snake Valley,
Laventille, to negotiate with the
"I wasn t sure to survive those
meetings, but I did what I had to
do to save my life," Marchan said.
After the series of meetings, she
put together a "package" list of
their demands and attempted to
meet with Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal in order to accom-
modate them. "I will tell you what
they wanted: A house each and
two million," she said.
"I uncovered a plot to kill me,
dismantled it by talking to the same
at-risk youths who were paid to
kill me, and would now try to meet
their demands," she said.
Marchan, already at her wit s
end, was thrown into a further tail-
spin when her bodyguard Curtis
"Tallman" Gibson was shot and
killed in his bed on Thursday.
"He was killed because of his
association with me. There is no
doubt about that," she said.
Marchan predicted that Gibson s
death would now unleash more
gang warfare and more bloodshed.
"Now that they kill him, this is
going to erupt into something
else...this going to start a war on
the ground," she said.
"He was good with the people
on the ground and was guiding me
from the ground and feeding me
information about who was after
me and where to go, and not go
because I could get killed---he facil-
itated the meeting with the Rasta
City gang members to save my life,"
She said that all through her 15
years at the Ministry of Sport, and
now with the Life Sport pro-
gramme, she was always neutral
and "good with all sides."
She said it was one of her "con-
tacts" who directed her to a phone
belonging to a senior member at
the ministry, which exposed a plot
She said she believed that divine
intervention led her to her supe-
rior s mobile phone, where she
intercepted the text message
"I was guided that the evidence
would be on that phone," she said.
Marchan said about a month ago
she printed the damning text mes-
sages and handed them over to the
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts.
"The minister and I have a very
good relationship, so I gave him
the documents, and he said he
would handle it internally; but the
people around him knew what I
gave him, and if the people around
him knew that I gave him that
information, then they would know
that I knew (of the murder plot),"
"That is what made me talk to
the media. I used the media as my
only weapon to save my life," she
"If I did not come to the media,
I wouldn t be talking to you now,"
Marchan said if she was not dead
yet, she doubted anyone would take
the job to kill her now; but she said
she was also prepared to meet her
She heaped praise on Independ-
ent Liberal Party chairman Jack
Warner, Roberts, Sport Ministry
permanent secretary Ashwin
Creed, and her immediate boss,
Cornelius Price, and credited them
with keeping her alive.
She said whenever Creed left the
country, other seniors would "pres-
sure" her to get what they could
out of the ministry.
"People feel when you re an
orphan they could take advantage
of you. I came straight from the
hospital to the orphanage, never
knew my parents, and people feel
they could take advantage of me,
but they cannot," she said.
"Who trying to kill me have to
come real good, because I am real
good with the guys on the ground,
the gang leaders. If someone kill
me, it comes from the top," she
Marchan said she was "inno-
cently" caught in the middle by
the "greed" of those who wanted
to control the money within the
"People blaming Carapo, the
Muslims, Rasta City, but those fellas
caught in the middle too. People
using them, paying them, taking
advantage of their circumstances
to do their dirty work, including
paying them to kill me," she said.
"Life Sport is working and has
worked, but there is too much
interference. There are people high
up who are using the at-risk youths
to do their dirty work, and that has
tainted the programme," she said.
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Distraught deputy director of the Life Sport
prgramme, Ruth Marchan, has been provided
with a "safe house" by Independent Liberal
Party chairman and former minister of
National Security Jack Warner.
Marchan, who knew Warner during his stint
as the Minister of National Security, turned
to him after her privately hired bodyguard
Curtis "Tallman" Gibson was shot and killed
in his bed on Thursday.
She gave Warner her personal laptop for
"safe keeping." All the details of the murder
plot against her which she uncovered is on
"I have all her information, it is very safe
with me," Warner confirmed in a telephone
interview with the Sunday Guardian yester-
Warner was "disgusted" that no one had
stepped forward to help Marchan, who was
forced to turn to him.
"She was a total nervous wreck and there
was nowhere for her to turn," Warner said.
Warner had steered clear of the Life Sport
debacle, even though it has occupied media
headlines for more than a month, but he was
unexpectedly brought into the issue when a
fearful Marchan turned up at his doorsteps
for help on Thursday morning after learning
of Gibson s demise.
Marchan, in a subsequent telephone inter-
view, said she was provided with "security
measures"---a number for rapid response---by
the Ministry of National Security but was tak-
ing Warner up on his offer and would be mov-
ing to the safe house today.
On Friday, the state-owned Public Transport
Services Commission expressed condolences
on Gibson s death, saying that he was a Cus-
tomer Service Representative II-Facilities
Administration for the past 12 years. Marchan
yesterday said Sport Minister Anil Roberts
was correct when he said in Parliament on
Friday that Gibson was not employed with
the Life Sport programme.
The Sunday Guardian also learnt that Gibson
was not the holder of a licensed firearm, but
was in fact in possession of an illegal weapon
which he used to guard Marchan.
Warner also said that permanent secretary
of the Ministry of Sport, Ashwin Creed, was
fearful for his life." "Creed not coming back,"
Creed s prolonged absence from his post
was highlighted in the Sunday Guardian on
June 8 and one day later, his attorney, former
legal affairs minister Peter Taylor, came forward
saying his client was on legitimate leave from
May 24 to June 30.
Request for an extension was dated June 9.
Creed s official leave extension ends tomor-
"Creed not coming back," Warner said.
He said while Sport Minister Anil Roberts
said Creed had as much as one year s leave
owed to him and was going to take it con-
secutively for the next few months, there was
more to the story.
"A permanent secretary is in hiding and
you are hearing nothing about it," he said,
adding that the media was "falling down on
Warner said he also listened to Roberts
defending the programme but did not believe
"Any good that supposedly came out of
that programme, and that is debatable, the
evil has negated it," he said.
He once again shouldered responsibility for
putting the People s Partnership in Govern-
ment, saying that he foisted them on the
"Till the day I step into the grave, I would
regret and apologise for that," he said.
Marchan goes to Jack's
'safe house' today
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