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Implementation and action on crime are two things that the general public had been longing for and over the years we have been battered, bruised and beaten down by the criminals who took charge and who viewed the law with impunity and scant regard.

Implementation and action on crime are two things that the general public had been longing for and over the years we have been battered, bruised and beaten down by the criminals who took charge and who viewed the law with impunity and scant regard.

Despite the cries and complaints of the bleeding heart liberals, the resumption of hangings may very well have the same effect on reduction of crime which it did when there was the execution of Dole Chadee and his gang some years ago. There is also no need to get into the debate over the merits or demerits of hanging because the simple fact is that it is the law at present and it should be implemented. There is also no need to inquire into the deterrent effect of hanging because as I’ve said before and will say again, if it deters no one else, it certainly deters the man who is hanged.

You could be quite sure he will not go out and commit any more crimes again. While we also have to balance the scales and ensure that people’s fundamental rights and freedoms are not infringed and in that regard the Constitutional Attorneys need to be extra vigilant and dedicated to ensure that they act as a sufficient vanguard and bulwark against any violation of the rights of the citizen. There is the need to tighten up and strengthen the legislative framework and provisions of our criminal laws. We really need to take back our country from the bandits and the kidnappers and the murderers who for the longest while now have had free reign to unleash their terror, mayhem and madness upon the society and then to walk away with impunity, thumbing their noses at the system because they feel that no one could touch them.

We need to be free to be able to go out at nights, take our families out for dinner or a movie without constantly having to look over our shoulders and without having that cringing fear that maybe tonight the bandits may strike and maybe tonight they may grab us or our children. We need to take back our cities and our towns and make them safe, clean, secure, well lit and enjoyable places where citizens could come out at nights and relax and enjoy the ambience of the town. We need to take pro-active steps and meet this threat head-on and seek to defeat it. If these new proposed legislative measures can help to do so then by all means bring them on.

The proposals for the Firearms Amendment Bill, the Bail Amendment Bill and the Anti-Gang Bill appear to have found resonance with both parties and if passed would certainly send a very strong signal that we are intending to deal very seriously with crime and criminals here in Trinidad and Tobago. We don’t want to end up like our neighbour to the north. We don’t want to be nurturing and breeding any young Dudus in our communities. We do not want to develop our own little Tivoli Gardens here in Trinidad and Tobago so the legislation to deal with gangs is important in this regard. Of course having the legislation on the books alone is not enough as we will also have to ensure that we implement the laws and carry out the provisions and penalties.

We need to get all hands on deck, sort out the administrative, technical and legal issues and get down to the business of tackling and dealing with crime. All anti-crime and crime suppression organisations need to get on board with a concerted, dedicated effort. As Directors of Crimestoppers, we had a very good meeting on Friday morning with the Minister of National Security John Sandy and Minister Subash Panday whereby we updated them on the successes of our programme and provided them with valuable insights as to how we can partner with the State of Trinidad & Tobago to help in the crime reduction effort.

It is not an easy road and it will not come overnight but as Trinidadians and Tobagonians we have to first believe that we can take our country back from the criminals and it has to be more than just talk and rhetoric and even though there will be challenges with implementation along the way, the present actions of the Government are showing all the right signs of trying effectively to deal with this problem and to rid our nation of this crime scourge.

APOLOGY:
On 20 June, 2010 this newspaper published a commentary which imputed that the Honourable Judge Anthony Lucky, Judge of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, retired Justice of Appeal and Chairman of the Academy of Tertiary Studies had in some way acted improperly by permitting his name, likeness and title to be used in an advertisement for the Academy. By this apology, we wish to retract any such imputation or suggestion. We are satisfied that Justice Lucky did nothing which is either improper or incompatible with his status as a Judge or retired Judge. We sincerely regret any embarrassment or distress that the commentary may have caused to Justice Lucky.

Extracted From: Trinidad Guardian Newspaper
Sun, 2010-07-11
Byline Author:
Martin George

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