AG: Anti-crime plan to be revealed soon

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 16:45

At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi has said that de­tails of the gov­ern­ment’s an­ti-crime plan will be made pub­lic soon.

The AG was speak­ing yes­ter­day at a Sen­si­ti­sa­tion and Safe­guard­ing Non-Prof­it Or­gan­i­sa­tions Work­shop to dis­cuss re­cent­ly passed leg­is­la­tion un­der which non-prof­it or­gan­i­sa­tions will now have to op­er­ate.


He said the law was meant to pro­tect the cit­i­zens of this coun­try from falling vic­tim to ter­ror­ist fi­nanc­ing and oth­er re­lat­ed crimes.

With the new law, all non-prof­it or non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions must prop­er­ly reg­is­ter and be sub­ject­ed to au­dits.

Al-Rawi said this is all forms part of the gov­ern­ment’s an­ti-crime plan.

“If you can’t catch some­body for a crime it’s be­cause your court not work­ing. If your court is not work­ing, why is it not work­ing? Man­pow­er, plant and ma­chin­ery, process­es; let’s fix that.

“What comes next are struc­tures around it. What are the struc­tures? The laws that feed against hard crimes, firearms, bail, all of those things, pro­tec­tion for chil­dren, an­ti-gang. If you can’t catch them in that cir­cle why not catch them on their mon­ey? This is where this comes in. These are all lay­ers of pro­tec­tion that have been built around the peo­ple of Trinidad and To­ba­go that will be un­veiled in de­tailed fash­ion in a cou­ple of days, if not a cou­ple of weeks ahead of us.”

He de­scribed the an­ti-crime plan as one of the most com­pre­hen­sive that this coun­try has ever wit­nessed.

 - Chester Sambrano