PM: Yes, there is an ISIS cell/satellite in T&T

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has admitted that Trinidad and Tobago has what can be considered an ISIS cell or satellite.

"The answer to the question is yes," Dr Rowley told the Parliament in response to a question asked by Opposition MP Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie.

He told the House of Representatives that it is common knowledge across world that citizens in Trinidad and Tobago subscribe to doctrines of ISIS, some of whom have returned to this country and some of whom wish to join ISIS.

Tobago man appears in court charged with housebreaking & larceny

A Plymouth man has been remanded into custody after appearing before a Scarborough Magistrate this morning, charged with housebreaking and larceny at the Tobago Plantations home of a 61-year-old retired lawyer, which occurred on Thursday 8th February, 2018.

Ryan Forde, 32, of Jaegers Hall Trace, Plymouth, appeared before Magistrate Annette McKenzie, in the Scarborough 1st Magistrates’ Court on Friday 16th February, 2018, to answer to the charge.

The matter was postponed to Wednesday 14th March, 2018.

Woman among three held for possession of gun and ammunition

Three persons, including a woman, were arrested and a revolver, a pistol and a quantity of ammunition seized, by officers the Southern Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise in the Princes Town district yesterday.

The exercise, supervised by Sgt. Roland Ramlogan and Cpl Neil Nanan, and including PCs Akil Clarence and Ricky Isaac, was conducted around 5:00 pm, on Thursday 15th February, 2018.

Government, Opposition meet on crime legislation today

The Government has accepted the proposal by the Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, to meet with the Opposition with the intent of agreeing on a bi-partisan legislative approach to the fight against crime and the criminal element. 

This follows calls by the Opposition Leader, who initially wrote to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley five weeks ago on the matter. 

The meeting is scheduled for noon today, Friday 16th February, 2018 at the Parliament building.

251 citizens suspected of financing terrorism

A significant increase in suspicious transactions related to financing of terrorism was reported to local and international law enforcement agencies by the Financial Intelligence Unit of T&T (FIUTT) in the past year.

The FIUTT said that between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017, 112 of the 877 suspicious transaction reports/suspicious activity reports (STRs/SARs) detected were related to suspected financing of terrorism—up by 62 per cent from the previous year.

Dead boy’s family in funeral dispute

The mother and stepmother of an eight-year-old boy, who was allegedly beaten to death by his father last week, were yesterday at odds as to who should arrange his funeral.

The dispute arose as the women and their relatives met at the at the Forensic Science Centre in St James where an autopsy was done on the body of Ishmael Phillip.

As Phillip’s father is still in police custody, his biological mother, who lost custody of him and his 12-year-old sister almost seven years ago, was allowed to identify his body and claim it after the post-mortem.

Scavenger killed in dump

The body of a 28-year-old scavenger was found among the garbage at the Forres Park Landfill in Claxton Bay yesterday.

The victim was later identified as Vijay Ramjattan, of Samad Ali Trace, Claxton Bay.

Police said the body was found around 6 am. The victim’s throat appeared to have been sliced and there were other bruises on the body. According to police reports, Ramjattan’s body was discovered by another scavenger.

Police are still trying to ascertain the circumstances of his murder.

Govt bringing Anti-Gang bill to House again

Government will be pursuing the Anti-Gang bill again.

And this time Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley hopes Government and the Opposition can work out the areas of concern the Opposition has on the bill. Last year, the T&T Police Service had asked the Government to bring the bill to Parliament to aid them in getting murders and gang activity under control. However, the proposed bill failed last December due to lack of Opposition support. Proposals cannot be returned until six months after a bill’s failure.