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Trinidad: Cop with alleged ties to gang will remain in custody, judge rules

By Trinidad Express

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Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — The police officer who challenged his detention under the Anti-Gang Act will remain in custody.

Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds on Friday dismissed the application to discharge the order of detention granted to the police service. This will allow the police to keep the officer in custody until next week Friday.

On Monday Ramsumair-Hinds granted orders of detention for two police officers in accordance with the Anti-Gang Act. The orders were granted last Sunday without a hearing, following applications from the Office of the Attorney General. The judge had said the State had presented reasonable grounds and that the police investigation was being done diligently and expeditiously.

On Wednesday the application by defence attorney Ulric Skerritt to have the detention order lifted came up for hearing before Ramsumair-Hinds. It was adjourned to the following day for a response from the Office of the Attorney General.

Yesterday Skerritt made submissions before the court and Ramsumair-Hinds gave her ruling this afternoon.

Attorneys Ravi Rajcoomar and John Heath represented the TTPS.

Two officers, one of whom is the relative of a former police commissioner, were taken into custody last week Friday by officers of the Organized Crime and Intelligence Unit while at the Arouca police station.

A milestone

In a statement on Friday night, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith described the ruling as a significant milestone for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in its fight against crime.

He named the police officer in custody, stating : “That matter was the first of its kind to be dealt with by the Court and the ruling also lays down guidelines which police officers are to follow, as a tool “in their fight against criminal gangs and crime”.

Griffith said: “this and other decisions of the Courts show that the TTPS is obeying the rule of law in protecting law abiding citizens and assures that the TTPS will do its job, no matter who are the accused persons.

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