Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Anti-Gang bill goes back to Parliament*

After brutal murders...

crime scene: A police officer looks at the gutted Mazda 323 in which driver Devon Fernandez and Joshua Andrews were killed by gunmen on Monday at Trou Macaque Road, Laventille. —Photo: ROBERT TAYLOR

IN what some are interpreting as an attempt to “right the wrong” of the defeat of the Anti-Gang Bill last December, the legislation is heading for an early return to the Parliament.

In what can be interpreted as the “Joshua effect”, coming as it does on the heels of the gruesome killing of 15-year-old schoolboy Joshua Andrews and a taxi driver as well as the subsequent condemnation from the Prime Minister, the Opposition has had a change of heart.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in a letter dated January 10, proposed to the Prime Minister that Government and the Opposition meet with a view to agreeing to bi-partisan legislation, beginning with the return to the Anti-Gang Bill as well as revisiting the Anti-Terrorism Act bill which had lapsed when the Parliament was prorogued last September.


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