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Seetahal update: PM wants to make snitch rich; Police suspect criminal killed SC

The Trinidad and Tobago Government yesterday went into overdrive to locate potential whistle blowers with information on the slaying of former Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal. But it’s different this time. On this occasion, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar vowed that the People’s Partnership does not want to name, shame, fire and charge the eye witness; it just wants to give the snitch $3.5 million. Honest.

Photo: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her former National Security Minister Jack Warner share a joke. The Prime Minister insists that she is serious about stopping crime. Honest. (Courtesy FIFA.com)
Photo: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her former National Security Minister Jack Warner share a joke.
The Prime Minister insists that she is serious about stopping crime. Honest.
(Courtesy FIFA.com)

Or, as National Security Minister Gary Griffith “tastefully” put it: Who wants to be a millionaire?

This supposed attempt to wine and dine whistle blowers is new territory for the Government.

When news broke that Strategic Services Agency (SSA) director Reshmi Ramnarine had a falsified CV, Persad-Bissessar did not charge Ramnarine. Instead, the Government supposedly retained eight polygraph experts from the United States to find out who from the Security Intelligence Agency (SIA) snitched.

And, two weeks ago, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan urged the Commissioner of Police to probe the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) after leaked documents suggested that the PCA recommended that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) take action over the “Flying Squad.”

Photo: Reshmi Ramnarine (far right) shares a drink with Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh. The snitches who exposed Ramnarine's fake CV did not get any the PM. Maybe the cheque is in the mail.
Photo: Reshmi Ramnarine (far right) shares a drink with Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
The snitches who exposed Ramnarine’s fake CV did not get any thanks from the PM.
Maybe the cheque is in the mail.

The Prime Minister made her own view about tattle-tales crystal clear when former Solicitor General Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell wrote her and asked for an investigation into a potential prison scandal that might involve “key office holders” in the Attorney General’s Office.

Persad-Bissessar responded by sending Donaldson-Honeywall’s letter straight to the AG, who, of course, is Honeywall’s line minister. Strangely, people wonder why Honeywall has been reluctant to speak ever since.

So, if you have information on brutal murderers with know-how and no conscience, this is the Government you must trust to have your back; the one that has repeatedly ignored pleas by the local transparency body to enact whistle blower legislation.

It gets better though. Not only does the information need to lead to an arrest and charge; but also a conviction. And this in a country where Ish Galbaransingh, Steve Ferguson and Jack Warner can meet for drinks every Friday night and Calder Hart can join them if he so chooses.

Photo: Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan (right) shares a tender moment with UNC financier Ish Galbaransingh who is wanted for corruption by the United States Government.
Photo: Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan (right) shares a tender moment with UNC financier Ish Galbaransingh who is wanted for corruption by the United States Government.

So the whistle blower must believe the Government’s new position on snitches is genuine, the police would not tip off the killers, the police would successfully apprehend the killers, the case would make it to trial in their lifetime—the Piarco Airport scandal never got past the preliminary inquiry stage—and justice would be served with the selected judge and lawyers all beyond reproach.

Something like catching a leprechaun riding a flying pig with a map to his pot of gold in his backpack.

It is probably best for the whistle blower to not venture outside for a while and take care of his or her health. Since, eight years after her death, Vindra Naipaul-Coolman’s murder case is still in court.

Meanwhile, we know, based on media reports, that Seetahal was killed by an assassin in a panel van who sprayed her SUV with heavy artillery after it was blocked by a cement-fortified car that followed her from a casino.

Problem is the acting Commissioner of Police disputed the panel van story while the pathologist said Seetahal was shot by a small gun at close range.

Mr Live Wire wonders why the would-be assassins had the car weighed down with concrete follow Seetahal’s SUV. Did that not run the risk of the car being outrun by a much faster vehicle? Would it not make sense for the concrete car to be on the scene and waiting for a signal to block her path?

Photo: Dana Seetahal SC was gunned down in Woodbrook in the wee hours of Sunday 4 May 2014.
Photo: Dana Seetahal SC was gunned down in Woodbrook in the wee hours of Sunday 4 May 2014.

Best to leave the sleuthing to the experts though. And, according to the Trinidad Express, the police already has three theories.

One is that the “hit” was related to the Naipaul-Coolman murder trial. True, Seetahal was not a star witness or an investigator. But then why are so many bandits shot dead after drawing knives on armed police? Has word not gotten around by now that knives are not good weapons of choice against loaded firearms?

Criminals, in other words, do not think things through. Or police know a convenient story when they see one.

Another theory is her killing was due to an incident at a casino that night. Seetahal, according to the casino, preferred slot machines and, in a massive understatement, had not been particularly lucky that night.

Do the police think Seetahal groped a machine inappropriately and a concrete salesman who witnessed the incident then phoned a friend to enact immediate and heinous revenge?

The other police theory is that: “based on certain information the police received, her killing may have been orchestrated by known criminal elements…”

Criminals might have killed Seetahal? Mr Live Wire thinks the police could be on to something there.

Photo: The good news is that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is on the case. That is also the bad news.
Photo: The good news is that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is on the case.
That is also the bad news.

The Express did not add its own theory about the gang of female Colombian assassins it said was on local soil in January. Presumably, they returned home after Carnival.

There was another sensational revelation from the dailies’ top investigative reporters, though. The hit, according to the Trinidad Newsday and Express, might have been arranged by a “big fish” gangster from behind a prison cell.

So, rather conveniently, the evil mastermind is already behind bars. What a relief and excellent police work! Well, except for supposedly letting a prisoner execute a State prosecutor and the former Law Association president in the first place.

The only problem with that story is this is Trinidad and Tobago. Big fishes do not go to jail here. And, sadly, snitches do not become millionaires.

 

Editor’s note: PCA director Gillian Lucky moaned last year that the detection rate for murders in Trinidad and Tobago had “moved from a dismal 24 per cent to an abysmal 14 per cent.” In comparison, the detection rate was given at 75 percent in the UK and 72 percent in the US.

Still, Wired868 hopes that the suitably motivated Trinidad and Tobago Police Service exceeds expectations to apprehend the killers of Dana Seetahal.

About Mr. Live Wire

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29 comments

  1. Remember when manning had a meeting with known criminal form laventille!

  2. any snitch taking that bait would need a lot more money than that and in US currency TT Dollars will not do…. cost of relocation to the underground world, major comestic surgery, and you have to be living good after that…you need many properties, boats, throughout the world…..jus saying.

  3. A whole, entire human life for some money, gain, or a result of something gone wrong. I do not know, but a life is irreplaceable. All these wasted lives, unhappy moments for families – who is going to help us turn to the truth and a caring heart for people?

  4. 3.5M is small money in the grand scheme of things.

  5. The saddest part is WE ALL KNOW who is responsible for Dana’s death.

  6. Criminals and Government….separate…hmmmmmm

  7. No Facebook groups pointing out the PNM and the PP mis-steps in solving ANYTHING in the country?

  8. What a games this games is, bigger than mayweather fight with pacao ,These people know is one of the colleague who is responsible for the woman death

  9. How one day on the hustings you lay claim to reducing crime then the next day you say the Police are not doing their job.

  10. Kenneth, if the reward was to be paid ‘upon arrest’ instead of ‘after a conviction’, a lot of people would have stepped forward.

  11. Weren’t the columbians there for the lost cocain?

  12. No Kenneth that is not incredulous, that is showing the criminals smarter than the gov. As soon as u come to claim, they get rid AH yuh

  13. But what about all the strings Kenneth? I think that is almost a hoax with our judicial system.

  14. Imagine, $3.5 million TTD reward and no one comes forward. That’s incredulous! I will not be surprised that those who authorized the reward are the ones responsible for Dana’s assassination.

  15. What a bunch of morons. Poor Dana. That hit came from the top. Doh care what anyone says.

  16. There was never any chance of a pay-out eh…

  17. Hmmm…….I personally think we stand a better chance with the police commissioner for Simpsons to crack this case.

  18. Well said. Also, what sort of incentive is there for someone who really wants to snitch? I read where the conditions were you’ll get paid ‘if there’s a conviction’. Rewards are usually paid after an arrest. So in this scenario, I’m supposed to snitch and wait for years after this case is called-we know how that works-and hope there’s a conviction BEFORE I get paid. What happens if a lawyer messes up or a main witness gets killed? So I’ll put myself out there and get nothing because of something that I had no control over? So with these conditions one has to ask, do they REALLY want a snitch?

  19. A snitch in time saves slime.As for the cement,it was to conseal the crime.

  20. Question: How was the same CCTV footage that could not pick up the faces of the drivers able to spot cement in the trunk? Do all cars that are dropped low have cement in the back? Is that the trick?
    Or is it safe to assume that this is all speculation?

  21. Gaiven Clairmont

    brilliant article, especially when it came to the matters with the police and the big fish and also the fact that the person who orchestrated the hit might already be behind bars, I wonder sometimes if they think the whole country is high or drunk. ah well to me this is an entertainment thriller being played out before our eyes, so sad at this tragedy still but i want to see how the real “perpetrator” works with the police service to cover this up and who are the brave men and women in the media who might uncover the truth (hopefully without repercussions).