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Attorney General Anand Ramlogan wants a
police investigation into the April 8 death of Bran-
don Hargreaves, a 14-year-old who lived at St
Michael s School for Boys in Diego Martin.
The boy was allegedly killed during a fight at the
At a news conference at the Parliament yesterday,
Ramlogan reported his decision after a probe by
the Gender, Youth and Child Development Ministry
and said he had written to the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) and the acting Commissioner
of Police Stephen Williams.
Ramlogan said the investigators submitted their
report to Minister Clifton De Coteau, who subse-
quently presented it to the AG for consideration
He said he decided to write to the DPP and the
acting CoP to call for an immediate investigation
based on the several allegations "and the kind of
serious acts of negligence and abused that had been
highlighted in the report."
He will also ask De Coteau to do an audit of the
operations of the home.
Ramlogan told the DPP there had been conflicting
reports on how the teenager died.
He said the allegation was that two supervisors
were sitting on a bench close to where a fight was
taking place and "apparently ignored this fight,"
adding the report indicated that supervisors ignored
most fights at the home.
The report had caused him "the greatest distress,
alarm and concern," the AG said.
It spoke about the misuse of things provided for
the home by staff for their personal use, instances
of boys beaten with rope and wood, sexual abuse
and violent initiation ceremonies by the boys them-
selves, including physical violence.
He said there were also allegations of racketeering
and money laundering in which costs to the Gov-
ernment were padded to cover the cost of things
for staff members.
The report also spoke about allegations of sexual
abuse of the boys by staff, he said, adding that
there were allegations of a female staff member
taking a boy to her home and subsequently becoming
pregnant. There were concerns on whether the
father was a resident of the home.
Ramlogan said the disciplinary measures were
to be effected to ensure that people may be sus-
pended pending the completion of the probe.
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Call for probe into
abuses at boys' home
If brothels and drug blocks did not have
police protection, they could not flourish,
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said
He said so while piloting an omnibus of
legislation---from instituting DNA sampling
for some sectors and fingerprinting in immi-
gration procedures to modernising law for
juries---to boost the criminal justice system
and remove ambiguities in the law. It requires
a three-fifths majority vote (19) for passage.
On proposals for DNA samples to be taken
from suspects, Ramlogan said T&T had an
horrific crime situation in which a small
group of dissidents were holding it to ransom
and as hostage, further complicated by a low
He said police needed to be equipped to
do a better job since DNA samples they have
were useless without a database to match it.
Ramlogan said Government made no
apologies either for the thrust in seeking DNA
samples from police, Coast Guard, fire officers
and similar others, despite concerns from
Those enforcing the law must be subject
to the law and not above the law, he added.
Noting myriad reports of police, for
instance, on charges of rape, human trafficking
and theft, he also said ballistics tests traced
the bullet that killed a south Trinidad man
to a Palo Seco station, fuelling perception
that police rent out their guns to kidnappers.
Ramlogan said if one was part of the prob-
lem, one could not be part of the solution.
"If you are duty bound to uphold the law,
you should have no problem in giving a DNA
sample to uphold the law," he said.
Saying deportees were responsible for the
spike in crime in the last decade, he said the
Immigration Division would be mandated to
take DNA samples from deportees no more
than 12 hours after their arrival, since they
often came to T&T with no records or bogus
He added: "Deportees have contributed in
no small measure to the gang-related violence.
"They have brought with them not only
a different culture but an uplift in the criminal
enterprises which they learned from those
countries from which they were deported
and they have transplanted that into T&T
where there is fertile soil for it to grow and
that is what, in no small way, has led to the
escalation in criminal activity we have wit-
nessed in the last decade.
"Government makes no apologies what-
soever for saying all deportees will now be
subject to mandatory DNA sampling.
"If you are being deported to T&T, regard-
less of whether you have been found guilty
of an offence or not, you will be fingerprinted
and will have to submit to DNA sampling."
Ramlogan said there were many deportees
who came to T&T and were not convicted
of a criminal offence but got off on a tech-
nicality or the witness got shot.
He said the court or state in question were
sometimes happy to deport the person, since
there may be a cloud of suspicion over them
but evidence was lacking and the territory
may fashion a remedy for them to "go back
He said Government had been liaising with
the relevant foreign governments to say "don t
just drop them in our laps" but collaborate
so T&T could have advance notice, receive
deportees properly and treat them with dignity
while also insisting on T&T s security.
Ramlogan said the proposal was a potent
deterrent and was linked with another, plea
bargaining, which the Government also
intended to present, as those were "dynamite"
for the crime situation if used in the right
place at the right time.
He said arrivals to the US also had to give
fingerprint samples there and if investors or
tourists were discouraged by such procedures,
they might not necessarily be the type of
investors or tourists T&T may want.
He also cited advice supporting finger-
printing for national security purposes.
He said it would not debar people, including
Caricom residents, from entering but was a
mere procedure, such as seeking a passport
from a person.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, right, speaks with Finance Minister Larry Howai
during the sitting of senate yesterday. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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