Trinidad police criticise media coverage of investigations into Seetahal murder


Prominent attorney Dana Seetahal (File photo)

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday February 23, 2014, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Monday distanced itself from media reports over the weekend that at least six people would be charged in connection with the murder of prominent attorney Dana Seetahal last year.

The Trinidad Express newspaper reported Sunday that a man in custody was now assisting police with details into the murder of Seetahal, who was gunned down on May 4 as she made her way home from a casino.

She was shot at least five times by gunmen as she drove on the outskirts of the capital towards her home.

Despite rewards totaling millions of dollars (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents), no one has been detained or charged with the murder of the former magistrate and president of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. Her family has publicly urged the police to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime are brought to justice.

In a statement, the TTPS said that the reports in the media ‘are inconsistent with the progress of the investigation thus far and manifest obvious distortions with material facts of the case”.

The TTPS said it “considers it extremely irresponsible the naming of any officer/individual from any agency or organisation who may or may not be assisting with the investigation”.

The statement quoted Acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, of being “mindful of the legitimate public interest attending the investigation; and in this regard, urges restraint in any form of media reporting or commentary and calls for an absence of speculation which could possibly hamper the investigation.

“Commissioner Williams wishes to assure members of the public that the investigation into the murder of Ms. Seetahal continues to be treated with the ‘highest priority’ by lead investigator, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime and Support, Glen Hackett.”

The statement quoted him as saying that “upon completion of the investigation the case file will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions for review and direction following which a public statement will be made”.

The Express newspaper said that the prison informant had also “assisted police with information on the contract killer regarding his other professions and items which would be prominent to the ongoing enquiry”.

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