Cops arrest man in orphan’s rape

Police yesterday launched a manhunt for a woman and her brother in the sexual and physical abuse of children.

Northern and Southern Division police searched both Laventille and Princes Town for the couple, who has been closely linked with operations at a Claxton Bay home. The two have allegedly been squandering funds and starving the children, police said.
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Sunday Food For Thought

By Linda Edwards

Both Raffique Shah’s column at Trinicenter.com and the Express analysis of the similarities of abuse and failure in Nixmary’s and Emily’s cases require more than Sunday reading before lunch, then putting away the papers for a good meal and an afternoon nap.

It seems to me that they require printing out or cutting out by every individual in every government agency that deals with children, including, and especially magistrates and police officers and posting above a sheet labelled ‘Action Plan For Today’.
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Give Jack his jacket!

By Khalil Saif, tntmirror.com

Jack WarnerNOT me and the bacchanal business, as the rankers in the society fight to guard their cherished spaces.

My humble opinion is that the law-makers and interpreters in this society are the biggest violators of the laws and if they cannot get their act together but instead choose to wash their dirty linen in public, then the only hope in solving the dogfight has to be divine intervention.
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Cops move on CJ’s Chambers

FRAUD Squad detectives yesterday obtained a warrant to search the Chambers of Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma at the Hall of Justice.

This move has come as the investigation into allegations that Shar-ma attempted to influence Chief Magistrate Sher-man McNicolls in the recently concluded trial of former prime minister Basdeo Panday draws to a close.

The action has also occurred while Sharma is attending an overseas conference in the Czech Republic and while lead investigator, Assistant Commissioner of Police Wellington Virgil, remains at a private health institution recovering from minor surgery to his left foot.
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The Fault, Dear Brutus…

By Michael De Gale

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
but in ourselves…”

–From Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

Maybe it was an oversight or even a temporary lapse in judgment that landed Mr. Panday in the penitentiary. Having once ascended the commanding heights of power, some may even argue that it was a feeling of invulnerability and the dizzying effects of power that intoxicated Mr. Panday, resulting in a lapse in judgment. Whatever the reason, the crux of the matter is that Mr. Panday is a citizen of T&T and is not above the law. Consequently, if he perpetrated the crime he must do the time. This does not detract from Mr. Pandays’ tremendous contributions as a Trade Union leader and his reputation as a political pit bull. That is already enshrined in the annals of West Indian political history and will forever be attributed to him. However, to give Mr. Panday a pass because of past performance, age or status is to make a joke of justice and set a negative precedence for a nation that is in the thaws of escalating crime and unprecedented violence. This most recent development, is yet another chapter in the saga of Basdeo Panday.
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Tragedy in TnT politics

By Dr. Kwame Nantambu

The recent triple conviction and maximum jail sentence of former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday for “failing to disclose a London bank account to the Integrity Commission” has not only caused a mighty dark cloud to descend across the horizon of TnT politics but has also spoken revealing volumes as to the real nature of ministerial performance on both sides of the political spectrum.
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Basdeo Panday Guilty As Charged

Staff Article
April 25, 2006

Basdeo panday on his way to the courtAlthough a somber day for some, others celebrated when Basdeo Panday, the former Prime Minister, and Opposition leader of Trinidad and Tobago was found guilty yesterday on all three counts of failing to declare a London Bank account to the Integrity Commission for the years 1997, 1998 and 1999, which was a violation of Section 27 (1) (b) of the Integrity in Public Life Act of 1987.
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