Sascha Wilson

Highway Reroute Movement leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh has been granted $500 own bail on an obstruction charge.

Kublalsingh was arrested and charged following an incident on Saturday after he allegedly attempted to stop excavators from bulldozing a forested area on private lands in Fyzabad.

He was arrested by the police and detained in a cell at the Fyzabad Police Station for three hours before he was granted station bail. Kublalsingh went to the Siparia Police Station yesterday where he appeared via video link before Senior Magistrate Margaret Alert.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstruction of the passageway at Roots Avenue, Branch Trace, Mon Desir.

He was represented by attorney Ramnarine Soorjansingh. K

Kublalsingh, an environmental and social activist, has 11 matters pending matters, 10 in the Siparia and one in Arima, arising from eight arrests dating as far back as 2013.

However, prosecutor Sgt Starr Jacob neither objected to bail nor made any requests for a variation or any conditions.

Speaking with Guardian Media afterwards, Kublalsingh thanked the Fyzabad police for treating him well while he was at the station.

He also briefly commented on statements by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith that his incident was pre-planned and the media was briefed in advanced to get footage of his arrest.

Kublalsingh, however, said he has the utmost respect for Griffith and has no intention of engaging in a war of words with him.

“We always had very cordial relations and I appreciate what he is doing for Trinidad and Tobago. We are not at cross purposes at all, except he is fighting small criminals and I am fighting big ones,” he said.

Kublalsingh’s matter will next be heard on August 26.