PM: No easy fix to gangs benefitting from State $

The in­fil­tra­tion of crim­i­nal gangs which have been si­phon­ing mil­lions of tax­pay­ers dol­lars from Gov­ern­ment projects and con­trac­tors has been a prob­lem for over two decades, ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley.

And he con­ced­ed that there was no easy so­lu­tion to the prob­lem but he in­tends to stamp it out.

Audit coming over gangster contracts

The mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar con­tracts giv­en to sev­en re­put­ed gang lead­ers at two PNM-con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions will now be the sub­ject of an ex­pan­sive au­dit that will al­so in­clude the 12 oth­er re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tions across the coun­try.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Rur­al De­vel­op­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein in a me­dia re­lease is­sued on Wednes­day in which he sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to have this mat­ter prop­er­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed.

Gangsters benefit from contracts through corporations

Over the next few weeks, Guardian Me­dia will be high­light­ing a mul­ti-part in­ves­tiga­tive se­ries that hinges on un­der­world ac­tiv­i­ty and key play­ers that po­lice have been mon­i­tor­ing for a pe­ri­od of time.

This is the first part in the Un­der­world Files se­ries.

Sev­en re­put­ed gang lead­ers in north Trinidad have ben­e­fit­ed from State con­tracts worth close to $6 mil­lion in spite of as­sur­ances by Gov­ern­ment to the con­trary.

Subhas calls on Griffith: Expose the shooters

For­mer min­is­ter in the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Sub­has Pan­day is call­ing on Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith to ex­pose the names of the 50 dan­ger­ous shoot­ers re­spon­si­ble for the rise in homi­cides in T&T.

At a press con­fer­ence held at his San Fer­nan­do of­fice yes­ter­day, Pan­day said peo­ple are be­ing shot dai­ly while the Com­mis­sion­er keeps the in­for­ma­tion on the shoot­ers a se­cret.

CoP blames 50 shooters for rise in homicides, lob­bies for no bail for gun of­fend­ers

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith has re­vealed that there are “over 50 shoot­ers, linked to var­i­ous gangs” in this coun­try who are re­spon­si­ble for the “sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of homi­cides, via gang ac­tiv­i­ty.”

In a state­ment re­leased to the me­dia on Mon­day, the Com­mis­sion­er said this is the rea­son why the Bail Amend­ment Bill is a “crit­i­cal tool” in be­ing a strong de­ter­rent and en­sur­ing that when crim­i­nals are held they re­main be­hind bars.

Young: Gang arrests disrupted potential danger

The ar­rests of sev­er­al men re­put­ed to be gang lead­ers last week was done to “dis­rupt” a po­ten­tial­ly haz­ardous out­come, ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young.

Over the course of last week, Cedric “Burkie” Burke, his son Reval­do Burke, Akani “Dole” Adams, An­ton “Boom­bay” Boney and Quin­cy Fe­lix were ar­rest­ed un­der the An­ti-Gang Act and sub­se­quent­ly re­leased af­ter lawyers filed a writ of habeas cor­pus on their be­half.