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Life Sport deputy director Ruth
Marchan is in police protective cus-
The T&T Guardian understands
that Marchan was removed from the
safe house provided by Independent
Liberal Party (ILP) chairman Jack
Warner last week and placed in a
police safe house under witness pro-
Marchan, the deputy director of
physical education and sport, shot
into the limelight last month when
she pleaded for protection after her
privately hired bodyguard, Curtis
"Tallman" Gibson, was shot and
killed in his bed at his Malabar home.
She also said she had been receiv-
ing death threats and sought Warn-
er s intervention. He placed her in
a safe house and provided her with
private security for her protection.
Contacted yesterday Warner con-
firmed that Marchan was no longer
at the safe house he provided for
her. He said she was under police
He added: "She is safe. She is still
in a safe house protected by the
police. I have not spoken to her in
know (how she is doing).
"I have been told by her friends
that calls to her cellphone have not
been answered. I myself have not
called her nor has she called me in
the last two three days so I do not
"I am not concerned. At the end
of the day I have done what I had
to do, if at this stage, it has gone to
that level then fine."
Warner said he remained confi-
dent she was well protected from
those who might wish to harm her.
He added: "I know that she is
under serious police protection, I
know that for a fact. I know she
cannot go anywhere at all unless she
has escort as well.
"That is a service I cannot provide.
If it is being provided by the police
then fine and if the police do not
think they should ask me or me,"
He said to date the police have
not contacted him in their investi-
gation into Marchan s claims or the
allegations of corruption under the
Life Sport programme.
Marchan had provided Warner
with her laptop computer that con-
tained details of the murder plot
This information, Warner said,
was no longer in his possession.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Today people tend to go by the letter of the scriptures.
The words of the scriptures should be interpreted and
understood in the context of the prevailing time and
circumstances. Then their real meaning will be clear.
Also no one adheres to what one says or preaches. More
than listening to spiritual discourses, one must try to
practise at least a part of what one learns. Vedanta is
being expounded at many places, not to speak of the
discourses on the Gita. But how many understand the
real spirit of the Gita and act up to its message? It is
because of this dichotomy between preaching and
practice that spiritual teachings are being treated with
little regard. Only when the feelings emanating from the
heart, the words coming out of the mouth and the
actions one performs are all in perfect harmony will
one's life be based on truth.
Be heroes in practice, not in mere platform speeches.
What is the best means of
preserving the profound
message expounded by our
scriptures? Bhagawan lovingly
explains to us today.
Now Life Sport director
under cops' protection
National Security Minister
Gary Griffith says the internal
audit of the controversial Life
Sport programme is still in the
hands of Finance Minister
Griffith, speaking briefly
with the T&T Guardian in a
telephone interview yesterday,
said he was yet to receive a
preliminary report on the audit
of the contentious
"The audit is still in the
hands of the Minister of
"All the information I have
received I have forwarded to
"The ball is in his court for
the time being. No interim or
preliminary reports have been
provided to me yet," he added.
Griffith also declined to
comment on Marchan being
placed in protective custody.
"It would be totally
irresponsible of me as Minister
of National Security to tell you
if someone has been moved to
a safe house, which is witness
protection." he said.
Questions were raised
about Life Sport after
allegations surfaced that
criminal elements were
benefitting from the
Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar removed the
programme from the Sport
Ministry and reassigned it to
National Security Ministry.
It has since been suspended.
Marchan, the deputy director of physical education and sport, shot into the limelight
last month when she pleaded for protection after her privately hired bodyguard,
Curtis "Tallman" Gibson, was shot and killed in his bed at his Malabar home.
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