Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force

STANDING GUARD: Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force stand guard in the La Horquetta area during a walkabout by heads and personnel of the country’s security services to launch Operation Strike Back II. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

National Security Minister Stuart Young yesterday called on the judiciary to work in tandem with the State in the fight against crime. While fully acknowledging that the separation of powers enshrined by the Constitution and legal system existed and will be maintained, Young did not hesitate to ask for “assistance” when asked by reporters how the State was going to ensure that justice would be received by persons affected by crimes.

Speaking outside the La Horquetta Police Station at the launch of Operation Strike Back II, Young said: “You would have heard the Commissioner of Police (Gary Griffith) and myself recently say words of frustration at certain occurrences. What I can say, is that our arm of the State will be doing all that it can do, in terms of gathering the intelligence, detecting the crimes, charging the persons, and bringing them before the courts. But, we need the judiciary to assist. So we’re asking them to assist.


Satnarayan Maharaj left an indelible mark on Trinidad and Tobago through his bravery, courage, fight for justice and achievements. Maharaj, 88, secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) died on Saturday after suffering a stroke on November 7.

Satnarayan Maharaj was yesterday likened to late freedom fighter Martin Luther King by Prof Selwyn Cudjoe. Cudjoe was speaking at Maharaj’s funeral service held at Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College, St Augustine.

“Ram Naam Satya Hai!” The chant, which means “the name of God is true”, rose as the body of Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) secretary-general Satnarayan “Sat” Maharaj was gently placed on the burning pyre at the Caroni Cremation site yesterday.

THE country has to get serious about tax collection and healthcare delivery. This was the message from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, as he emphasised the importance of taxes for purposes such as healthcare during the sod-turning cere­mony for the new Central Block at the Port of Spain General Hospital yesterday.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has rubbished arguments by the Opposition that Government is again seeking to violate the constitutional right of every citizen to bail, through its proposed amendment of the Bail Bill 2019.