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Trinidad: 758 awaiting trial for murder

SOME 758 alleged killers are awaiting trial for murder, acting Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon told the Senate yesterday. Replying to a listed question by Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen, Dillon said, “A total of 758 persons have been accused of murder and are currently committed to stand trial at the Assizes.”

The minister replied to two other law-and-order questions posed by Ramdeen, respectively on police suspensions and witness protection.

Dillon said, “The Commissioner of Police has indicated that a total of 277 police officers are currently on suspension.” He said 269 are on suspension for criminal investigations, and eight for departmental/internal disciplinary investigations. Ramdeen, in a supplemental query, said some suspensions have been for as long as 14 years, but Dillon merely replied they are all at differing stages.

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