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.

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.

AG refers Terrorism Bill to JSC

ttorney General Faris Al-Rawi yesterday referred the Anti-Terrorism Bill to a Joint Select Committee comprising eight members with a report to be submitted by March 31.

Leader of Government Business Camille Robinson-Regis announced that five members of the House, among them Al-Rawi, Marlene McDonald, Prakash Ramadhar and herself, while three members from the Senate will be selected to form the committee.

Speaker rules that PM's statement was not Contempt of Parliament

House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George has ruled that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will not be referred to Parliament's Committee of Privileges for Contempt of Parliament.

In September this year, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar had asked that Dr Rowley be referred to the Committee of Privileges, after saying that he had made comments that were “damaging, disparaging” and “negatively reflected on members of the House, bringing them all into ridicule, odium and contumely”.

Cybercrime Bill goes to Parliament tomorrow

The government will take the controversial Cybercrime Bill to Parliament on Friday and will seek to have it go straight to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament before any attempts to have it passed.

The announcement was made by Attorney General Faris Al Rawi at today's post-Cabinet news conference.

The bill requires a three-fifth's majority of the House of Representatives to be passed.

Al Rawi said the government has had detailed meetings with the Media Association and Publishers and Broadcasters Association on it.