Monday, 7 November 2016

Criminal Justice Injustice

On 7th November 2016, the Trinidad Express newspaper published an article entitled LOST IN JAILwritten by journalist, Nikita Braxton-Benjamin.

After reading this story, we - as a people living in a civilised society governed by the rule of law and being a place where every one has rights - cannot continue to sit by and allow this and other similar kinds of injustices to exist and continue. Being in prison does not mean that a person has to suffer any type of injustice that the system decides to mete out.

This kind of injustice has to stop! I am fed up and frustrated with this unjust nonsense.

If you are aware of any case where a person suffered police brutality, was wrongfully arrestedmaliciously charged and/or prosecuted or is being unlawfully imprisoned like 42-year-old, mentally challenged Terrence Prince, please contact me directly by e-mail, or preferably, leave a comment below with information to reach you.


This is going to be Trinidad and Tobago's version of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Driving with Foreign/International licence

Q: For how long can I drive in Trinidad and Tobago with a foreign/International driver's licence or permit?

A: This information was extracted from the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act 1934, as amended.

International driver's licences – no time frame
55. (1) The holder of an international driving permit issued elsewhere than in Trinidad and Tobago, in accordance with the provisions of any International Convention relating to the international circulation of motor vehicles which shall have been applied to Trinidad and Tobago, shall, whilst such permit remains valid, be exempted from any requirement to hold a driving permit under this Act to drive in Trinidad and Tobago; but he shall only be entitled to drive in Trinidad and Tobago a motor vehicle of the class for which he holds an authorisation to drive in the country in which his international driving permit was issued.

Foreign driver's licences – 3 months
56A. (1) Notwithstanding section 42(1) the holder of a valid driving permit issued in any country referred to in subsection (2) shall, whilst such permit remains valid, be exempted for a period of three months from the date of his arrival in Trinidad and Tobago from any requirement to hold a driving permit issued under this Act to drive in Trinidad and Tobago; but he shall only be entitled to drive in Trinidad and Tobago a motor vehicle of the class for which he is authorised to drive by the permit of which he is the holder.

To be accompanied by passport
(3) The holder of a valid driving permit referred to in subsection (1) who drives or is in charge of a motor vehicle on any road shall have such driving permit on his person or in the motor vehicle together with any travel document on which is certified his date of arrival in Trinidad and Tobago for production as required by subsection (4).

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Illegal gun possession and usage

Q: Since photos emerged of two armed civilians believed to be the minor children of Attorney-General, Faris Al-Wari, I have been asked if any laws have been broken. 
A: Yes, Several laws have been broken.

8. (1) A person who gives, sells, lends or rents a firearm or ammunition to a child commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of fifty thousand dollars and to imprisonment for ten  years.

6. (1) Subject to section 7, a person may purchase, acquire or have in his possession a firearm or ammunition only if he holds a Firearm User’s Licence with respect to such firearm or ammunition.

9. (1) Any person who sells or transfers a firearm or ammunition to any other person who does not hold or who is not exempted from holding a Firearm User’s Licence is liable—
(a) on summary conviction to a fine of seventy-five thousand dollars or imprisonment for eight years; or
(b) on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for fifteen years.

(2) Any person is liable on summary conviction to a fine of forty thousand dollars or to imprisonment for ten years who purchase or acquire from, sells or transfers a firearm or ammunition to, or repairs, tests or proves any firearm or ammunition for, any other person whom he knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, to be—
(a) ...; 
(b) ...; 
(c) ...; or 
(d) under the age of twenty-five years.