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A 35-year-old man facing several
criminal charges, including shooting a
police officer, was ambushed and shot
dead yesterday outside his home in
Police identified him as Marlon Layne,
of Redwood Street, Blitz Village.
Layne, who died while undergoing
emergency surgery at the San Fernando
General Hospital, was shot seven times
while sitting in his Mitsubishi Lancer
Details surrounding Layne s death were
sketchy yesterday afternoon but a res-
ident, who did not wish to be named,
told reporters around 2.55 pm Layne
pulled into his driveway. Two cars---a
red Almera and blue Kia---pulled along-
side after which gunshots were heard.
The cars then sped off. One hit the
back of Layne s car in the haste to leave
Residents said Layne s girlfriend and
two of his cousins went to the car and
found him slumped behind the wheel.
They put him in another car and took
him to the hospital.
Neighbours were hesitant to say more
about the shooting.
The T&T Guardian understands that
Layne was facing several charges, includ-
ing possession of arms, ammunition,
narcotics and wounding a police officer.
He was out on bail.
His sister Tricia Knaggs, 38, said she
spoke to him yesterday and he said he
was coming to see her. However, she
said, she was not too concerned when
he did not turn up, only to hear that he
had been shot and killed.
The call by attorney Ainsley Lucky for Public Services
Association (PSA) president Watson Duke to shut down
the dilapidated San Fernando Magistrates Court has not
fallen on deaf ears.
Duke has responded in the affirmative.
"It will be done sooner rather than later," Duke said in a
text message response yesterday.
While Assembly of Southern Lawyers president Imran
Khan agreed the courthouse needed urgent attention, he is
not supporting a shutdown right now.
The problems at the courthouse are not new. Ten years
ago then chief justice Sat Sharma said it was time to take
action to deal with the deplorable conditions at various court-
houses, including San Fernando.
In a daily newspaper in January 2004, Sharma was quoted
"We should fast-track things where court buildings are
"They are in a deplorable condition, sub-human and prim-
itive, and clearly are not functioning.
"We have isolated four courts which we feel should receive
urgent and immediate attention --- Chaguanas, San Fernando,
Siparia and Rio Claro."
In 2007 immediate renovations to the courthouse were
done by the Judiciary after the Public Health Department of
the San Fernando City Corporation condemned the building
and declared it a health hazard.
Lucky complained to Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark
Wellington in court on Tuesday about the same problems,
saying he would be seeking Duke s intervention.
Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi
says Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
launched an attack on Muslims and
Arabs in the Senate on Wednesday.
Al-Rawi called a news conference at
his law office in Port-of-Spain yesterday
to express his disappointment.
He said the AG s attack was made when
Ramlogan commented on a Newsday
story, published in 2010, in which Al-
Rawi said he was a descendent of the
Al-Rawi yesterday presented a certified
family tree, which he said was evidence
to confirm his claim and said he was
thankful to his father "for giving me the
"You could write to the Iraqi Govern-
ment. I can vouch that it is 1,000 per
cent correct," he said.
He added that the document "means
nothing to me other than the fact that
I know where I come from."
Nevertheless, Al-Rawi said Ramlogan
"made derogatory remarks and I condemn
his behaviour in the Parliament. I think
he was making a direct attack against
Muslims and as against me as a descen-
dant of an Arab and an Indian mother."
Al-Rawi s father is Husam Al-Rawi,
an Iraqi architect and academic. Al-Rawi
was born in Trinidad and his mother is
former government minister Diane Seuk-
In the 2010 story he was quoted as
saying: "We are descended from the
Prophet Muhammed, my 43rd grandfa-
In response to questions yesterday, Al-
Rawi said Ramlogan had told him off the
Parliament floor on Wednesday: "Boy,
Faris you got me vex and I had to
Al-Rawi said he, in turn, said: "Well,
Anand, the least you could do is to be
He said Ramlogan s statement was
petty, cheap and nonsensical but Ram-
logan was a non-issue and he was not
interested in an apology from him.
"Why would I ask for an apology from
a man who had so many opportunities
to apologise in Parliament? That would
be throwing pearls to swine and I am not
interested in that," he said.
The AG may have made the attack on
him, he said, because he "took exception
to the manner in which I dealt with his
He said he told the AG then that he
had presided over the worst set of leg-
islation brought to the Parliament.
Al-Rawi said there were many more
important matters to be addressed by
the Government, including the crime
problem and the so-called stand-off
between the army and the acting Com-
missioner of Police.
Lawyer wants Duke to
shut down Sando court
In an interview yesterday Khan explained that in a
recent meeting with Chief Justice Ivor Archie he was
assured plans were afoot to relocate the old San
Fernando court to a temporary building by early next year.
That building is next to the Madinah Building, Court
Street, which houses the Traffic and Family Courts.
Those two buildings at Court Street, which are privately
owned, were earmarked over ten years ago to house the
courts while renovations were done to the old court.
However, only the family and traffic courts were
relocated in 2008.
At the opening it was said that the plan to relocate the
criminal courts temporarily to the other building had been
delayed owing to cost evaluation and design change.
Khan was asked how confident he was that plans for
the courthouse would materialise, given the history of
empty promises over the years to fix it.
He said: "I could only go with the assurances of the
Chief Justice at this point. We can only hope that this
thing will pan out.
"There is a great need to try to cut through whatever
bureaucracy or whatever problem is preventing the
project from going forward.
"If by the next two or three months we don't see any
position action being taken to address the situation we
may have to review the call of Mr Lucky."
However, he said, strike action at the courthouse would
not only affect the public and those who used the
facilities but the entire justice system would grind to a
"I would support the need for urgent and immediate
action to address the situation at the magistrates court.
"There are no two ways about it that the facilities there
are sub-standard and there is need for immediate
remedial action," he added
KHAN: COURT TO BE FIXED SOON
In a statement, the Judiciary said it was aware of the
existing conditions at the San Fernando Magistrate's
It said: "Remedial work is being undertaken to address
some immediate needs but there are plans to conduct a
general upgrade of the court building.
"We are at the point of evaluating tenders for that
activity, which include administering a feasibility study in
the first instance and the development of
recommendations for all external and internal works.
"This should be completed over a two-month period."
Man on criminal charges shot dead
AG has attacked
Al-Rawi in defence of heritage:
The Darul Uloom T&T says it cannot accept Al-Rawi's claim until it sees the
Mufti Waseem Khan said yesterday further comment would be made only
after evidence was presented.
He added that someone's claim "to being related to Prophet Muhammad has
no special significance in Islam. It is all about the individual himself... his faith and
practice is what matters."
He added: "If one studies the history of prophets and their descendants, one
will see that there were many from among their descendants who were
transgressors, unrighteous people, and antagonists to the teachings of the
prophets from whose lineage they came.
"This, however, had no effect on the truthfulness of the prophet's teachings,
nor did it have a bearing on the soundness of the religion which came through a
prophet." (See Page A10)
PNM Senator Faris Al-Rawi shows a certified family tree during a press
conference at his office yesterday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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