Young: UNC in talks with jailed gang leader

High-rank­ing mem­bers of the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) are al­leged­ly in­volved in talks with known crim­i­nals and locked-up gang-lead­ers.

That was the claim made by Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young at last night’s Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) post-Bud­get meet­ing at Pig­gott’s Cor­ner, Bel­mont, Port-of-Spain.


Young said be­cause of where he sits, he was privy to in­for­ma­tion and has found that a high rank­ing UNC mem­ber has been hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with gang lead­ers who are be­hind the prison walls.

Al­though he called no names, Young re­ferred to at least two UNC mem­bers, one from “deep south” and an­oth­er for­mer­ly af­fil­i­at­ed with a state en­ti­ty. He al­so re­ferred to a gang af­fil­i­ate whose name is “a day of the week.”

“I can say here tonight that per­sons at the high­est lev­el of the UNC had been en­gag­ing, the per­son who was en­gag­ing in that com­mu­ni­ca­tion con­ver­sa­tion is a mem­ber, an elect­ed Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment ...,” Young said.

“That elect­ed MP ... has been en­gag­ing in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with gang-lead­ers not on­ly in the Port-of-Spain area but al­so in Diego Mar­tin. So he can’t say, that Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment can­not say that he is hav­ing dis­cus­sions with com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers in his com­mu­ni­ty. Be­cause you see, in deep south and in very deep south, they have noth­ing to do with Diego Mar­tin. They have noth­ing to do with Port-of-Spain,” Young said.

The Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter al­so said he re­ceived doc­u­ments yes­ter­day that the same MP and an­oth­er UNC head had em­ployed the known gang-leader.

“They em­ployed this crim­i­nal at the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion dur­ing their tenure in 2013,” he said.

Young al­so said that a sit­ting mem­ber of the Sen­ate was al­so in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with an­oth­er gang-leader cur­rent­ly locked-up and fac­ing mur­der charges.

“Per­sons with­in the prison walls are telling the Op­po­si­tion who should be lo­cal gov­ern­ment can­di­dates in their par­ty,” he said.

“I say this here tonight with­out fear of con­tra­dic­tion. There is al­so in­for­ma­tion to sug­gest that for­mer MPs un­der the cur­rent UNC Op­po­si­tion have al­so been en­gag­ing with oth­er per­sons who are known to be en­gaged in crim­i­nal and gang ac­tiv­i­ty,” he said.

Young de­scribed the de­vel­op­ment as “very, very dis­turb­ing.” He al­so ques­tioned the con­text of those con­ver­sa­tions.

“Why is the Op­po­si­tion at such a high lev­el en­gag­ing at such a high lev­el with known crim­i­nal el­e­ments?” he asked.

He gave as­sur­ance that the Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­istry was pro­vid­ing sup­port for all se­cu­ri­ty bod­ies to en­force the law and go af­ter the crim­i­nal el­e­ment.

 -by Renuka Singh