Trinidad attorney’s murder sends shockwaves across the Caribbean

Trinidad attorney’s murder sends shockwaves across the Caribbean


Attorney Dana Seetahal

The murder of prominent Trinidadian attorney Dana Seetahal has sent shockwaves across the region. In Guyana, President, Donald Ramotar was alarmed at the news of the execution-style killing of the attorney. Seetahal was well known in Guyana’s legal fraternity and also sat on the Linden Commission of Inquiry in Guyana. In 2012, the Government of Guyana retained the services of Seetahal to the Commission to investigate the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the unrest in the mining town of Linden, the shooting deaths of three protesters and the damage to state and private properties. Jamaican attorney and former Minister of National Security and Justice, K.D. Knight, expressed shock at Seetahal’s death. Knight, who also sat on the Linden Commission of Inquiry in Guyana, said he knew her for more than 20 years. “I really am distraught, I knew Dana Seetahal very well, from I was Minister of National Security and Justice, we arranged training for judiciary and others in the justice system. We served together in Guyana and we were in contact from time to time. Really it has hit hard. Another organization has also reacted to news of the attorney’s death: the Trinidad-based Movement for Social Justice, in a release on Sunday, said the murder of Seetahal is “a further reflection of the abyss into which the country has descended and is not a random act of violence, but a targeted assassination of a very visible public figure.” The organization has expressed concern that assassinations are not new in the country and pointed to the murder of another prominent member of the legal fraternity Attorney Dr Wesley Debideen nine months ago “For the most part no one has been brought to justice for these targeted assassinations……there is little comfort in the fact that this matter remains unresolved. The Movement of Social Justice said the state has not lived up to its responsibilities for addressing many of the ills in the society. “The state has abandoned its responsibility for the development of many depressed communities in Trinidad and Tobago and left them to the law of the jungle,” the release said. Gunmen shot and killed Dana Seetahal, prominent senior counsel attorney and former independent legislator early Sunday morning just on the outskirts of the capital, Port of Spain. ————————————————————————————————————

Attorney’s murder a “well-orchestrated hit” says Trinidad security minister

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday May 5, 2014, CMC – National Security Minister Gary Griffith has pledged every resource necessary to solve Sunday’s murder of senior counsel Dana Seetahal. The National Security Minister has described the attorney’s murder as a “well-orchestrated hit,” adding that her death is an immeasurable loss to her profession, the country and the region. Griffith said he has advised the acting Police Commissioner, Stephen Williams to use all the resources available to him to solve the crime. “We will not rest until those who have committed this most unspeakable act is brought to justice,” he said in a statement. In response to the slaying, Williams said:  “It’s shocking. Crime is a concern especially violent crime. It’s a shocking incident, one you least expect. I had a conversation with her at around 12.45 pm on Saturday and everything was fine.”

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