National Security

Chinese motorcycles for local police

A to­tal of 200 mo­tor­cy­cles are com­ing from Chi­na for use by the Po­lice Ser­vice, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley an­nounced yes­ter­day dur­ing the con­tract sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the new bil­lion dol­lar Port- of- Spain Cen­tral Block yes­ter­day.

The Prime Min­is­ter said this was among some of the re­quests his Gov­ern­ment made for as­sis­tance and equip­ment from the Chi­nese Gov­erne­ment with re­gard to the pos­si­ble im­prove­ments in this coun­try.

Police release photo of shot officer, insist it was cold-blooded attack

The police service has released a photo of the police officer who was shot in Carenage during an exchange of gunfire with residents of Big Yard, in a bid to highlight the police's side of the story, that the officers were attacked by some residents.

In a two-page statement, says the photo shows that someone used an illegal weapon and shot at a police officer.

"No one is discussing this," the statement said.

Kiosks concern - investigation launched into contract costing taxpayers $300M

Former judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Rolston Nelson, SC, has been appointed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a contract for immigration kiosks at the Piarco and ANR Robinson airports, that will cost the state US$43 million (approx TT$300M) over 7 years.

The contract is between Novo Technology Incorporation Limited and the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) and caters for the provision of kiosks that allow passengers to scan their passports at the machines and reduce the time spent in immigration lines.

13 held in plot to assassinate state witness as he left court

Police have arrested of 13 male suspects wanted in connection with a plot to murder a state witness, as he exited a Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

A statement by the Police Service said that strategic planning and diligent work by officers of the Northern Division Special Investigations Unit led to the arrests.

PCA: No wrongdoing by police in Gulf View raid

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) says it has found no evidence of misconduct on the part of any police officer during the raid of several homes in Gulf View on May 3rd.

It has also begun an investigation into the search of the home of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan's housekeeper.

The PCA said in a statement on Thursday that "a preliminary investigation pursuant to Section 30 of the PCA Act Chapter 15:05, has been completed and there have been no findings of misconduct on the part of any police officer".

PM meets US military officers in 'CAPSTONE' visit

Seventeen recently promoted Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals serving in the US Military on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Diplomatic Center, St. Ann’s as part of a CAPSTONE visit.

The team, together with US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires John McIntyre and US Embassy Chief Military Liaison Officer Col. Claudia Carrizales, also met with Minister of National Security Stuart Young and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dennis Moses.

CAPSTONE is a joint service professional military education course at the National Defense University.

Griffith gives police until midday to explain raid on home of Anand's maid

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has given police investigators until midday today (Wednesday) to explain on what grounds they raided the home of Goomatee Ragbir, the maid of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan.

In an interview, Griffith said the Anticrime and Intelligence Bureau had no knowledge of the raid, nor did the head of the Southern Division ACP Zamsheed Mohammed.

Griffith suggests bullet that killed Naomi Nelson came from gang member

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is suggesting that the bullet that killed 14-year-old Naomi Nelson, came from the gun of one of the alleged gang members.

Nelson was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between police and residents of Big Yard on Friday evening.

Speaking at a police news conference on Wednesday, Griffith used a visual graphic to show the position of the police officers, the gang members and the teenage girl.

It showed that the police vehicle was between the gang members and the girl.

Af­ter pay­ing $39,000 for HDC apartment, woman now fearful after attacks

A hos­pi­tal clerk has paid more than $39,000 for a Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) apart­ment which she is afraid to move in­to.

Jargie Ma­habir, 37, says she is fear­ful for her life as she has been robbed in the apart­ment at gun­point and threat­ened sev­er­al times. As she wiped away her tears, Ma­habir ap­pealed to HDC to find her an­oth­er unit in a safe neigh­bour­hood. “I can­not live there. I am afraid of what will hap­pen.”

State witness shot dead at birthday party

A State wit­ness was gunned down hours af­ter she left a safe house to at­tend a birth­day par­ty on Sun­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, at about 7.30 pm Veron­i­ca Fran­co, 32, who left the State Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Pro­gramme to at­tend a par­ty of one of her friends at 12th Street in Barataria was shot dead by two gun­men.

Po­lice said the killers ran in­to the yard and at­tempt­ed to shoot at Fran­co, how­ev­er, she ran in­to a house and locked her­self in­side.

The gun­men kicked open the door and shot her sev­er­al times be­fore flee­ing.