Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi

QUESTION TIME: Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi and officials from the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs field questions during the Committee stage of the Civil Asset Recovery and Management and Unexplained Wealth Bill, 2019 at yesterday’s sitting of the Lower House in Parliament. 

Thunderous applause and desk-thumping filled the Parliament chamber last night as the Opposition, in a complete turnaround, voted in support of the Civil Asset Recovery and Management and Unexplained Wealth Bill, 2019.

The Bill was passed unanimously with a 34 votes from the Government and Opposition benches around 7.45 p.m.

Government members appeared to be shocked when Opposition chief whip David Lee said “yes” as his name was called for a vote.

There was immediate cheering as Government members shouted “Yay!” as they clapped and pounded the tables.

Next was the vote of Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

“Aye, I say Aye given the compromises made. It’s a much improved Bill. Thank you, AG,” she said, which was greeted with roaring applause from the Government benches.

Debate on the controversial Bill started last Friday and continued yesterday in the Lower House with over six hours of gruelling discussion on every clause of the legislation.

Persad-Bissessar came armed with a slew of amendments, some of which were accepted by the Government. She and Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi spent the majority of the time battling over the Bill.

“Honourable members on a division, 34 members voted for, no members voted against and there were no abstentions,” House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George said after the vote was taken.

Earlier, during the Committee stage, Persad-Bissessar warned that there were dangers in the Bill, adding she was prepared to go to the courts to ensure it does not impact on constitutional provisions.

She said there was danger in having a person and their family members’ assets openly filed in the courts before they are found to have unlawful wealth.


AFTER sustaining widespread criticism for her perceived silence on mounting violent crimes against women, Trinidad and Tobago’s first female President, Paula-Mae Weekes, has broken her silence.

NINETEEN activist groups have invited the nation to stage a “walkout” from workplaces in observation today of International Women’s Day (IWD) and to honour the activism that followed the murders of several young women, including Andrea Bharatt.

WITH each minute that passes, it is becoming less and less likely that missing hiker Qadir Shah will be found alive.

Even some of his friends and family members have apparently accepted that Shah is no longer alive and have instead mobilised searches to locate his body.

HE has suffered the horrific loss of his only daughter to violence but Randolph Bharatt remains optimistic on this International Women’s Day.

Prior to him participating in a vigil in Port of Spain organised by the Candlelight Movement last Friday where he signed a petition in support of legislation for women’s safety, Bharatt was asked his thoughts on the strides women have made: “I think they have started. Something good might happen.”

On two occasions in the past week, freight container trucks passing through an uneven stretch of road in Craignish Village, Princes Town nearly toppled over into oncoming traffic, and could go neither forward nor back.