27 Jul 2015

A futile plea?

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Could not help myself. Thanks to the unknown photographer, hope you don’t mind.

26 Jul 2015

More Questions than answers

After some 14 months passed since the death of Dana Seetahal, the dunceys have finally made a ‘breakthrough’ and arrested 11 persons.

DCP Hackett told reporters this was the most challenging case of his career.

“This case stands out as the most challenging case I've ever worked on. Apart from employing in the investigation new techniques we have been exposed to, what became our greatest challenge was coordinating and synchronising the technological aspect of this investigation. This new technology we had to employ… we had to seek help from international law enforcement agencies in putting together a coherent and cohesive technological case with respect to the charges laid against those persons,” Hackett said.

He also showered praise on all the officers and agencies involved that assisted in the investigations.

“I would like to express my deepest appreciation to DPP Roger Gaspard SC for his invaluable legal advice in this matter. I would also like to thank the commissioner of police Stephen Williams for all his support, logistical and otherwise in this matter and to all other law enforcement agencies, both local and international, for their assistance rendered to TTPS during the course of this investigation.

“I would like to thank all the units, sections, branches of the TTPS that contributed to the success of these investigations. Including the Homicide Bureau, the Special Branch, the CGIU, the Cyber-crime unit, amongst others. And I want to express gratitude to each member of the team of investigators charged with the responsibility for the conduct of this investigation. In particular for their exemplary devotion and dedication to duty.

“Additionally I would like to thank ACP Wayne Dick for the contribution he made to this investigation prior to his embarkation on vacation leave. Special mention must also be made to the diligence of Superintendent Kenrick Edwards, and ASP Christopher of the CGIU, as well as Superintendent Ancel Corbet, ASP Rampersad and Inspect Michael Veronique,” Hackett said.

Pay attention to those words above. Now pay attention to the words of the brother of Dana Seetahal, Omar Seetahal:

Speaking with the Sunday Express by telephone yesterday evening, Seetahal said crime has been on the rise in recent days. He referred to the murder of four members of a Chatham family shortly after one of them reported information of a crime to the police. He noted that this and other matters have contributed to the erosion of public confidence in the police service, and suggested that a press briefing held yesterday at Police Administration Building in Port of Spain to announce the charges for 11 men, was more about restoring the police image than about justice for his sister.

“When I looked at the news briefing, a good half of the briefing was spent by the DCP praising various departments of the police force and thanking them for their help in the matter, talking about how hard they worked and all that, as though the matter has been solved and they have gotten a conviction,” he said.

“They talked about how competent they were in this matter and how complex this matter was and how they had to use modern cutting-edge technology to solve this matter. I find that a little odd that they are acting like the matter has now come to a conclusion.”

Seetahal also suggested that the 11 men charged had no motive to want to kill his sister and that there was more to investigate.

“These 11 people, nine of them are in their twenties, most of them are from Carapo, what do they have to benefit from Dana's death?” he asked. “What would they have killed Dana for? I'm not saying they didn't but why would they have done it? Therefore the question has to be asked if they have gotten all the people involved.”

These words resonate with me, especially since the conviction rate in murder is an abysmal 1% of the 6% (USA verified) arrest rate. And by arrest rate I mean the investigation, arrest and ‘solving’ of the crime. It’s useful to document these words in this blog, because 4 or 5 years from now, when the trial collapses, I can look back and know that once more, the dunceys were smack on the money… upholding their less than sterling reputations.

And speaking of less than sterling reputations, the mother of deceased PC Maynard has asked the question no law enforcement official has asked about the jail-break on Friday… “How were the escapees armed?”

“I wonder how they (the escaped prisoners) came out of the prison armed. It’s a jail. You can’t have people coming out with a firearm. There must be prison officers in the jail and they must have made certain observations or made certain searches. I don’t know...what I believe is that if there was more security, may­be this would have been avoided,” Abraham said.

It’s an embarrassing question, and certainly not one the dunceys will bring up in public. The other question I have is, “Did Prison Officer(s) supply the arms?”

[Acting CoP Stephen] Williams also sent condolences to the family of the slain officer, PC Sherman Maynard. He added that he had no information on how the prisoners were able to escape and declined to comment further saying it is an on-going investigation.

Observe: 1) As usual, he is clueless, and 2) He falls back on the usual excuse of ‘an on-going investigation so no comment’.

Rock Crawlers were not happy with Gibbs and Ewatski who actually had the crime rate reducing and had well-planned long-term objectives. Instead, they bleated for ‘a local who understand dey culture’ and the result is plenty of chest thumping, plenty of sound bites (which appears dotish coming from Williams who sounds illiterate in the first place).

There’s more on these two stories to come, I’m sure.

25 Jul 2015

The evidence of the ‘Coo’

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Yesterday, there was a daring prison break in Port of Spain. When the gates were opened to let a prison transport van through, some men ‘in Muslim garb’ ran through with weapons and a grenade (allegedly the one in the photo to the left) and three prisoners absconded in a vehicle which later crashed in the vicinity of Port of Spain General Hospital (PoSGH).

The three prisoners Hassan Atwell, Allan “Scanny” Martin and Christopher “Monster” Selby then ran into the hospital forcing staff to flee and others to lock themselves in.

This video was taken by a bystander from outside the hospital grounds. You can clearly hear a barrage of shots.

24 Jul 2015

Coo! Coo!

Showing how Trinis react without facts, POS (and possibly Trinidad) bawling 'Coup! Coup!' when some prisoners escaped with the help of men 'in Muslim garb'.

So far, it is a prison break. Don't panic people. It's "Coo! Coo!", not "Coup! Coup!"

From Russia with cash

The Channel 4 documentary “From Russia With Cash” is about ‘Boris’ who is allegedly a Russian healthcare official whose work in drug procurement leads him ‘to get a little out of every contract’ and who wished to buy a property in London to hide his ill-gotten gains.

In an undercover investigation, journalists posing as a corrupt Russian politician and his girlfriend viewed five mansions in central London with price tags ranging from £3 million to £15 million.

Despite being told that the money being used was obtained illegally, the Channel 4 programme shows agents from reputable firms such as Winkworth, Chard, Domus Nova, Marsh & Parsons and Bective Leslie Marsh agreeing to move forward with the sales.

They even go as far as to offer advice on how Boris – the cover name used by investigator Roman Borisovich – can hide his criminal activity and complete the sale anonymously.

Chido Dunn, from campaign group Global Witness, said London has become ‘the money laundering capital of the world’. She added: ‘For as long as we allow dirty money to enter the UK we are effectively propping up a system overseas that is ruining lives, and [corrupt] systems.’

According to Transparency International:

36,342 London properties totalling 2.25 sq miles are held by offshore haven companies. Of these, 38% in the British Virgin Islands, 16% in Jersey, 9.5% in Isle of Man, and 9% in Guernsey.

In the documentary, every one of the real-estate agents cooperated with the ‘corrupt Boris’, even offering advice how to skirt the relevant laws to facilitate his aims.

I guess now, Ministers on a certain Rock will be buying London properties.