Murder accused linked to contract to kill AG

The death threat made against At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi came from some­one be­hind prison walls by a man al­ready fac­ing a mur­der charge on the high-pro­file mat­ter.

Guardian Me­dia was able to con­firm that the man’s fa­ther is al­so be­ing mon­i­tored by po­lice as he has been try­ing to meet with Al-Rawi to de­mand a speedy tri­al for his son.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion con­firmed by Guardian Me­dia, the pris­on­er’s fa­ther has called the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al’s of­fice re­peat­ed­ly and even showed up at the AG’s Port-of-Spain of­fice, seek­ing a meet­ing.

The fa­ther is af­fil­i­at­ed with a well-known re­li­gious group near Ari­ma and had been de­tained along­side an­oth­er Imam back in 2015 and ques­tioned about a mur­der. Both men were sub­se­quent­ly re­leased with­out charge.

The pris­on­er’s fa­ther is cur­rent­ly un­der po­lice sur­veil­lance and has been on the po­lice radar since he was de­tained again in 2018 to an­swer ques­tions about kid­nap­ping and as­sault.

Guardian Me­dia learned yes­ter­day that the pris­on­er’s fa­ther and the in­car­cer­at­ed man are con­tend­ing that the mur­der tri­al was be­ing de­layed de­lib­er­ate­ly.

Last year, the mur­der ac­cused and sev­er­al oth­er in­mates were sub­ject­ed to a prison search in which cell­phones and oth­er con­tra­band were re­moved from their cells.

The men were made to strip naked and kneel out­side the cells while it was searched.

That search of the Gold­en Grove prison came just one day af­ter a prison of­fi­cer was killed and re­ports that that or­der to kill came from in­side the prison. At that time, Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith said that there would be a lock­down of in­for­ma­tion and con­tra­band mov­ing in and out of the prison to pre­vent “shots” from be­ing or­dered be­hind prison walls.

How­ev­er, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­ceived by Guardian Me­dia, the con­tract to kill the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al came from the Max­i­mum Se­cu­ri­ty Prison, in Gold­en Grove, Arou­ca.

On Fri­day, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley re­vealed that back in 2015, just be­fore the gen­er­al elec­tion, there were two hits on his head. He al­so re­vealed then that dur­ing a re­cent se­cu­ri­ty meet­ing at his new White Hall of­fice, he learned of a plot to kill the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al.

On Sat­ur­day, Al-Rawi con­firmed that he re­ceived death threats but said it was in the hands of the po­lice and he did not want to say more on the is­sue.

Row­ley moved the Prime Min­is­ters’ of­fice back to White Hall at the be­gin­ning of Sep­tem­ber, which means that news of the death threat against Al-Rawi was raised with­in the last six weeks.

Grif­fith al­so con­firmed both the re­port­ed hits on Row­ley and the hit on Al-Rawi.

He would on­ly say then that the po­lice are look­ing in­to it.

On Fri­day, on a po­lit­i­cal plat­form in Bel­mont, Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young said that he had doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence that mem­bers of the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) were in talks with in­mates and locked-up gang-lead­ers.

He did not re­spond to sub­se­quent ques­tions from Guardian Me­dia for proof of his claims.

He al­so did not re­spond to ques­tions about what ac­tion was tak­en against the men who came for­ward ad­mit­ting to be­ing killers for hire in Row­ley’s case.

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Story by RENUKA SINGH

Image by ABRAHAM DIAZ

 

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