TWO men who police alleged are gang leaders were released yesterday from custody after a writ of habeas corpus was filed on their behalf.

Their attorney, Christon J Williams, later commended the police for “respecting the judicial process” after releasing Anton “Boombay” Boney and Quincy Felix.

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Four other men held during the police “push-back” ­exercises in Sea Lots, Beetham Gardens and Laventille during the past few days—Cedric “Burkie” Burke, his son Revaldo Burke, Ancil “Chemist” Villafana and Akani “Dole” Adams—were also yesterday seeking freedom through the courts.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation is standing by its report that there are 40,000 Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Monday objected to a BBC report which gave the controversial figure.

Prime Minister Dr Keith has questioned the response and position taken by British High Commissioner Tim Stew to the Government’s complaint about the BBC. “That is not the response we want from him,” the prime minister said, in a Facebook post yesterday.

Senior counsels are defending the fees they charge clients, saying there is no empirical evidence to support the contention that they are too high. The lawyers also said yesterday the fees would depend upon factors such as “the research needed, experience of the lawyer” and “the intensity of the work”.